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Ice Cream, Music and Braille Storywalk Part of Ferndale Library Event June 23

 Ice Cream, Music and Braille Storywalk Part of Ferndale Library Event June 23

(Ferndale Area District Library, June 15, 2018)

FERNDALE, MI– Librarian Jordan Wright takes over as Head of Ferndale’s Youth Services just in time for the Summer Reading kickoff and Ice Cream Social on June 23. Wright has worked at the Ferndale Area District Library for more than 5 years now, and earned his Masters in Library Science from Wayne State in early 2015. Over the years, “Mr. Jordan” has coordinated several engaging programs for kids and charmed toddlers and young readers with infusions of music during interactive storytimes with his steel string acoustic guitar.

The theme for Ferndale’s annual Summer Reading program is “Libraries Rock,” and during the sign-up on June 23, Wright will inaugurate a new program in collaboration with The Library of Michigan: the Braille Enhanced Storywalk.

“Of course I love that the StoryWalk program encourages literacy,” said Wright. “But it’s also inclusive; it inspires families to enjoy an activity together, and encourages folks to get outside during the summer months.”

Braille StoryWalk: Ferndale joins 31 other libraries for what will be this second-annual StoryWalk, coordinated by the Library of Michigan, Michigan Department of Education’s Low-Incidence Outreach, and Braille & Talking Book Library. It’s a fun, educational activity designed to inspire parents and caregivers to take young children outdoors to engage in literacy and physical activities.

“The book we’ve chosen is This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt,” said Wright. “It fits perfectly with our ‘Libraries Rock’ theme for Summer Reading. And since we’re debuting the StoryWalk during our Summer Reading Kickoff Party, after we sign folks up and get them a scoop of ice cream, I hope that everyone will then enjoy taking a stroll to read This Jazz Man.”

Summer Reading:  The Ferndale Library Youth Services Librarians coordinated two full month’s worth of Summer Reading events or kids of all ages, including activities, games, crafts, and, of course, lots of reading!. “The research is crystal clear regarding summer learning loss,” said Wright. “On average, students spend a full month relearning material they’ve lost over the summer months, and we want to encourage children and their families to keep their brains engaged this summer, but it’s just as important to us that we make Summer Reading fun and exciting to help foster a lifelong love of reading and learning.”

Kids and teens can build their reading skills with a take-home activity pamphlet. Librarian Jasmine Parker will provide teens with their own pamphlet of tasks and if each age group completes enough tasks, they receive tickets to the Pool Party Finale on August 11.

Kids can log their reading time and explore an interactive game board in their pamphlet, where they’ll be able to check off other activities like visiting a local museum, or attending exciting library programs like the “Full STEAM ahead” series. Teens can try out the Michigan Activity Pass, check out music from a local artist, or attend a library program as part of their Summer Reading activity pamphlet. Accumulated time spent reading brings them the chance to win prizes from FADL’s Summer Reading sponsors (Taco Bell, Chipotle) or other treats like ice cream, a free book, or a fidget widget!

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