Summer Reading Roundup

Woodridge Library

Summer Reading Roundup

A Great Summer for Adults, Teens and Kids

Kickoff partyReaders of all ages have been busy at Woodridge Library this summer. From birth to adults, we've had a great group of readers and learners.
  • Our kickoff party in early June got the word out to the community.
  • The Friends of the Woodridge Library hosted a mega book sale that attracted people throughout the day. 
  • We had a visit from the Fire Department and Brookland Garden Club.
  • Kids planted planted their own herbs, made chalk drawings on the sidewalk while the adults learned about the library's digital resources. 
It was a good day to get everyone to start signing up for summer reading.

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Our babies, toddlers, and preschoolers participated in the "Read With Me" program. Using a game board and stickers, our little ones and caregivers got ready to learn to read  by singing, talking and reading. We had a special visit from Blue Sky Puppets to kick off the fun.
  • Children older than 5 participated in "Dig Into Reading" program.
  • Local educator Sharon Gaston gave an energetic and musical performance that  kids involved in telling the Three Billy Goats Gruff tale.
  • Karen Brown got both kids and adults exercising their own creativity with paper crafts.
  • Throughout the summer, kids made their own fossils and potato stamps to go along with the Dig Into Reading theme.
  • Our Book Club explored different genre and media with their reads. We made our own Vine videos after reading The Adventures of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.
  • We also wrote our own comic after reading The Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute  by Jarret Krosoczka.
  • Ms. Lizzie also got to visit summer camps at Dance Place, St. Anthony's Summer, and YMCA Calomiris many times throughout the summer.
  • The Beat Club teen/youth event at Woodridge Library was a big hit. Our program was featured in the online magazine Elevation DC.

Barret Jones shows kids and teens how to create electronic musicThe adults at Woodridge Library responded well when asked to sign up for the summer reading program. We got more than 150 to sign up for summer reading and we received 50 written reviews back. That was a great response from the our community.

Woodridge had many lucky Summer Reading winners. Every child that participated won a free book.
  • Jacob, Amber W., Nile, Bintia, Correah, Isabella and David scored tickets to see the Washington Nationals battle the NY Mets. 
  • Caden M. won a basket of books (hopefully to share with all his older siblings!) 
  • Rosalie and Miracle read for at least 32 hours to become Super Spelunkers and had their names pulled out of hat for a special free lunch with authors. 
  • Jayda W. took home the grand prize of an Amazon Kindle Fire.
  • Two of our teens, Ryneisha and Ronica, won Beats by Dre headsets and they were thrilled.
  • Brenda Williams was our 2013 Adult Summer Reader winner of the Kindle ebook.  
This summer everyone was a winner that participated in the 2013 DC Summer Reading Program.