HARTFORD — Research shows that low-income students that do not continue educational programming during the summer suffer greater achievement losses, gain more weight, and become less likely to graduate high school than their more affluent peers.
In order to fill this critical learning gap, Hartford Public Library’s Summer Learning Program will aim to encourage reading and enrichment throughout the hotter months with a citywide educational events, activities, and prizes with its 2014 Summer Learning @ HPL Program.
The kick off festival is set for June 7 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Library’s Downtown location.
The festival will incorporate the theme of this year’s Summer Learning Program, “Fizz Boom READ!” with science activities, crafts, games, and a special 3:00 p.m. Mad Science show. A bounce house, giant slide, face painting, airbrush tattoos, snacks, music and more will be free for all.
Free transportation will be available throughout the city via buses that will run between Library branches and Downtown Hartford.
In addition to the festival fun, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and register for the Summer Learning Program and how to win prizes for reaching summer reading goals.
This year, in partnership with Mega Education, a series of 10 Summer Learning registration ice cream parties will be held throughout the summer, where two lucky registered participants at each Library branch will win brand new Android tablets.
Mega Registration parties are held from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the following locations:
Tuesday, June 24 – Mark Twain Branch, 55 Forest Street
Friday, June 26 – Barbour Branch, 259 Barbour Street
Thursday, July 3 – Blue Hills Branch, 649 Blue Hills Avenue
Tuesday, July 8 – Ropkins Branch, 1750 Main Street
Tuesday, July 15 – Camp Field Branch, 30 Campfield Avenue
Friday, July 18 – Albany Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue
Tuesday, July 22 – Downtown Library, 500 Main Street
Wednesday, July 30 – Park Branch, 744 Park Street
Thursday, July 31 – Dwight Branch, 7 New Park Avenue
Friday, August 8 – Goodwin Branch, 460 New Britain Avenue
Registration for the Summer Learning program can also be completed at the June 7 kickoff, or online at www.hplct.org by clicking on the summer sun.
Library Offers Adult Summer Reading Events!
Hartford Public Library’s summer programs and prizes are not just for the school-aged! Adult readers are invited to participate in Library Book Club summer discussions:
Thursday, June 19, 12:30 p.m. – Book Talk with James Rouman, author of Uncertain Journey
Thursday, July 17, 12:30 p.m. – Book Club Discussion – Delicious! A Novel by Ruth Reichl
Thursday, August 21, 12:30 p.m. – Book Club Discussion – Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet
Registered participants are eligible to win prizes at each event! Adult readers may register for the Summer Reading Program online at www.hplct.org or at any Library branch.