Summer vacation has started and my guess is you are already hearing, “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do.” Now, as a youngster I quickly learned to say that to my friends and not my mother because she was more than willing to leave me a list of household chores to complete while she was at work.
Summertime is a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn about things that interest them. Yes, the research proves that summer learning builds stronger students for the fall, but most kids don’t care about this. What they know is that school is out for summer!
It can be as simple and inexpensive as encouraging the reading habit. Start with the public library. It is a great place to discover new interests and learn more about people, places, and adventures through books and media resources available.
Memphis Public Libraries have designed top quality summer programs for kids of all ages. This year their program, Explore Memphis, provides a variety of programs for children, tweens, teens, and also adults at every library throughout the city.
I think one of the most challenging age groups to engage in summer learning is tweens and teens. The Memphis Public Library programs for them include robotics, coding, music, dance, Roblox, art activities – there’s a lot to look forward to. Tweens and teens can also fill out reading logs to be entered in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. One person at each branch will win one.
Your library card also gives you free or discounted museum admission during June and July. Check for specific attractions here. New offers are being added, so check back often to find great ways to explore your city this summer.
Check out all you can do this summer at Memphis Public Libraries on their website or call 901-415-2700 for more information.
Ellen Mooney is a retired principal and teacher with more than 45 years of experience in K-12 education.