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July 2017 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Build a Magical World With Brent Gregory
  3. Book+Art: "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" + "Rotting on the Shore"
  4. Avoiding the "Summer Slide"
  5. Quickbyte: Bookopolis

Welcome to the July Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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Build a Magical World With Brent Gregory

Celebrate the summer with amazing magic, audience participation, music and more! All ages. (45 min.) Preregister.

Book+Art: "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" + "Rotting on the Shore"

Sat, Jul 22, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Norton Museum of Art
1451 S Olive Ave.
West Palm Beach

Jamie Ford's 2009 novel, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," reflects the author's family history, the power and mystery of objects, and the United States' legacy of Japanese internment camps. Discuss the connections between this novel and "Rotting on the Shore," by Japanese-born artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi. Free. No RSVP required. Download or reserve your copy of the book today!

Avoiding the "Summer Slide"

Have you heard about the "Summer Slide?" No, it isn't a new amusement park. The "Summer Slide" is a phrase used to describe the loss of reading skills that occur during the summer when children no longer have regular reading assignments. Basically, without practice, reading skills can decline.

Parents and caregivers may find it difficult to motivate children to read throughout the year but this is especially true during the summer.

Here are some tips to help your child not only retain their reading skills, but improve them ...

Take advantage of pop-up reading activities. Whether it's trying out a recipe, looking at a road map, or following directions on household items, reading opportunities happen throughout your day.

Get caught reading. Let your family see you reading. Good habits can be contagious!

Share a story. Take turns reading with your child and enjoy a wonderful bonding experience.

Learn something new. Explore a new topic with your child and find reading material on topics that interest them. The lure of learning about a subject they enjoy will motivate them to keep reading.

Find a book tie-in to spur reading activity. Television and movies are often based on a book or they can introduce a new topic to explore. If your TV has a closed-captioning function, enable it. You and your child can read the words on the screen.

Pack a supply of reading materials. Have materials on hand to help occupy the time when waiting in line, at a doctor's office, or in the grocery store.

Download books and magazines to your cellphone or tablet. Keep your child occupied with reading materials during your summer vacation. Many titles are available for kids to download from the library for free.

For more ideas, visit your local branch to find all the great free resources including books, music, movies, digital content, and more. While there, be sure to join the summer reading program with special activities throughout the summer to educate, entertain, and keep your child off that Summer Slide.

Quickbyte: Bookopolis

Want to encourage children to experience the love of reading? Browse Bookopolis, a free app that kids (or parents) can download to mobile devices to get recommendations and track their reading in a fun way. Kids can find out what their friends are reading, read or view kid-created book reviews, and talk about the books that they've read or the books that they're interested in reading. Basically, Bookopolis is an app (and website) that combines fun book stuff with a social platform.

Users can make their own lists or add their summer reading list to the site and easily keep track of what they've read. Original book reviews are encouraged, so the app also helps kids develop their writing skills. Users can also earn points, so just in case the activity of reading isn't fun enough, there is a "game" aspect to the app.

One of the fun features of Bookopolis is Book Quest, where kids answer questions through a series of cartoons to look for books to read. It's perfect for kids who say that there is nothing to read! Questions and answer choices are fun and age-appropriate, and includes reading level information in an unobtrusive way.

Bookopolis was developed as a reading and social site for 7-12 year olds, keeping safety in mind. The app is compliant with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, and parents can easily access their child's account. All kid-generated content is reviewed prior to being posted to the site.

So parents, kids, and teachers, Bookopolis is something to explore. It's available for free online, and for iOS devices. Happy reading!

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