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Lego pancake chef

Phew!  It went by like a whirlwind, but the Flapjack Attack was huge this year!  Starting at 9:00 a.m. on the dot, the library’s parking lot was filled with families lined up for pancakes.  Since we’re working the “Be Creative” theme this summer, library staff decided to take our own advice and think outside the box. Way out.

Picture pancakes by the dozen in shades of neon green, hot pink, bright turquoise, and rich purple.  Then picture topping them with neon whipped cream and a generous helping of sprinkles.  Oh, and butter and classic maple syrup, of course!

While the cooks weren’t sure about colored pancakes, the kids in attendance loved them.  (Did you expect anything else?)  We’re not sure how many pancakes we cooked exactly, but the crowd was pretty close to 500.  Ever cooked for 500?  We’re kind of exhausted…

Kids were entertained by a Transformer visit, a dance party, plenty of autographs from our summer stars, and—a personal favorite—a guest visit from some of our Tales to Tails regulars.  Rugby and Bailey got the star treatment, and we can’t wait to see them again when Tales to Tails starts up again in a month. Pancakes and puppies, and a truckload of chocolate milk; who could ask for anything more?

Thanks, Kuna, for making our annual pancake breakfast another huge success.  We’re thrilled that you came out and we appreciate your support.  And we’ve already got some ideas up our sleeves for next year…

Photo courtesy of Jonathanb1989

The last weekly summer reading program finished up yesterday, and it ended with a bang.  Over 300 people came out to Footloose and Fancy Free programs this week and participated in our family dances.  (More than 300! That’s a huge turnout, especially for the last week—Kuna rocks!)  We did the chicken dance, the hokey pokey, the cha-cha slide and yes, the pancake dance. That leads us to…

We’ve still got one big party up our sleeves, though, and that’s the Flapjack Attack!

Be Creative Pancakes

Who:  The entire Kuna community is invited

What: Free pancakes and fun all morning long

When: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29

Where: The Kuna Library on the corner of Maple and Syrup

You’re invited to attend this free community event, gobble up some deliciously creative pancakes, and join the fun.

Plus, keep your eyes peeled for some special guests from the Tales to Tails reading program, which will resume this fall as school starts.

See you there, Kuna!

There’s a pretty sizeable percentage of the population that views a love of reading as something you’re either born with or you’re not.  I’d have to respectfully disagree.  Sure, some kids take to books like other kids take to, well, candy.  But there’s room to encourage even the most reluctant readers to find their place in the world of books.  Here’s five ways that you can make reading more fun:

Let Kids Pick Their Own Reading Materials

Choosing their own books is seriously empowering for kids.  Whether they pick a winner or a real stinker (yeah, bad books are out there…), they start to develop a sense of what they like and don’t like.  This encourages kids to view reading as a big experiment where they’re in control of the outcome.  But what happens if all your child wants to read is Goosebumps and graphic novels?  Don’t sweat it.  As long as the material is appropriate to your family’s values and your child is reading—what could be bad about that?  Besides, I’ve yet to meet a full-fledged adult who considers Goosebumps to be Pulitzer Prize material; we really do grow out of it.

Ignore Reading Levels

Some reluctant readers don’t want to be judged on their abilities, so they stay away from reading out of fear.  What happens?  They don’t get the practice they need, and their reading levels really do suffer.  By letting your child read at the level they’re comfortable with–even if it’s lower or higher than you feel is appropriate–you help them learn to read for pleasure.  When your child is ready to more on, they will.

Incorporate Books into Play Activities

 There are thousands of book-related activities that go beyond, “Hey! What did you think of that one?”   Kids can create art projects around their favorite characters, make up new rules for board games based on their latest read, you can let them decorate their morning pancakes in Slytherin colors, or go to Arctic Circle in full Fancy Nancy regalia… Get creative and have fun.  Reading goes beyond books and bedtime, and those extra activities help kids build on what they learn in books.

Read Yourself

Despite how much they may love Wolverine or Kobe Bryant, you’re still the biggest role model in your child’s life.  If you show an interest in books, there’s a really good chance your kids will absorb and reflect this. If curling up with a book (or listening to audiobooks in the car) is a regular family activity, kids get the message that reading is a normal, enjoyable way to pass the time.

Seek out Exciting New Books 

Sure, you may have loved Hatchet growing up (and trust me, lots of kids still do), but if your young one still needs to be convinced that books are a viable alternative to Wii, going with something shiny and new doesn’t hurt.  Consider looking into graphic novels, which are written in a comic book style but contain complex plots and character development. (And quite a lot of actual words, too.)  Twisted Journeys are a graphic novel twist on the Choose Your Own Adventure format of the 1980s that’s still hugely popular.  Or, let your child browse the New Books sections in the Young Adult or Children’s section. 

What ideas and tips have worked for you?  Drop into the comments and share your ideas and success stories!