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Read, Read, Read!
June 9, 2011

Santa Cruz Public Library Summer Reading Program
The benefits of being outdoors, unplugging, and going away to camp
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(Special Event Page Graphics) SummerReading_OneWorldManyStories.jpgOne of the best gifts I ever was given was the love of a good book.  My mother always had a book going.  I do too.  So do my daughter and sons,  grandchildren too.  This summer you cannot go wrong by encouraging reading --as well as outdoor summer pursuits. 

To me, reading is "downtime" which children and parents both need!  This summer's library reading program is titled "One World, Many Stories" and has programs for children, teens and adults.  Check it out!

A new baby came home to our neighborhood with his proud parents who have both been able to stay at home with him. I heard his little cries oh so briefly the first few days. It's day eight now and his cry has changed to a more purposeful tone, a "hey, I'm ready for some attention cry".  It's good to live near a little miracle and get peeks at his progress. 

I want to give him a book, but which one!?  There are so many delicious choices!  It may be one of the classics like "Goodnight Moon" or should I go with the local version, "Goodnight Beach".  Send me your baby's favorites, please!

With the good turn in our weather, have a great weekend, and I hope you get some downtime reading and getting out in nature, be it the garden, beaches, meadows or woods!  Parmalee

  Santa Cruz Public Library Summer Reading Program

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(Special Event Page Graphics) SummerReading_SignUp.jpg1. Read. Begin reading as soon as school is out. All kids can participate by reading on their own or by listening to someone else. Earn a Summer Reading Dollar by reading for 1 hour - you can earn up to 20. Fill in the circles to keep track of the time you spend reading. After you sign up for Summer Reading, you can print out a temporary reading log and start recording your information. Pick up your official Summer Reading Log at any branch Library. As always, readers and non-readers may participate. Participants may complete the program only once.

(Special Event Page Graphics) SummerReading_BookReviews.jpg2. Programs & Book Reviews.  There are programs for all ages at all Library branches. For the latest updates and details about all of our programs, visit the Summer Reading Calendar of Events. Programs will be added throughout the summer, so check regularly. If a program requires preregistration, you must register online at any Library branch or from home. You can also submit BOOK REVIEWS online!

3. Earn 'Dollars'.  Library staff will give you one Summer Reading Dollar for each circle that is completely filled in your booklet. To collect your Dollars, bring your completed reading log to any Library branch by Saturday, July 30.

See the Participating Merchants page for the SC County Merchants who will honor your Summer Reading Dollars (worth $1 each in merchandise). You must bring your Summer Reading booklet and your Dollars to the store when you shop, so the merchant can record the amount you spend.  The last day to spend your dollars is Thursday, September 30, 2011.

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  The benefits of being outdoors, unplugging, and going away to camp

by Sarah Camp

In this day and age the vast majority of children check their e-mail and Facebook daily. Every child has a cell phone and is constantly texting. Kid's headphones are in and their heads are down. The closest to nature that most kids get on a daily basis is the wallpaper on their computers. The generation growing up in the 21st century is quickly losing its connection with the amazing natural world that is all around. Many kids today barely know about the beautiful outdoor spaces our state has to offer, let alone have visited them.

The book, Last Child in the Woods, describes this problem as "Nature deficit disorder." Campaigns like America's Great Outdoors Initiative, and the No Child Left Indoors Act are working hard to fight this trend in today's youth. Outdoor Summer Camps are fighting to get kids back outside as well.

Imagine a place far away from the constant bombardment of technology, a place where you see wonder in the world immediately around you, not on the computer screen in front of you. Places like this exist. And they are not hard to find.

(Site Photos) CampUnalayee.jpgWhen was the last time you went a whole day without checking your phone, watching TV, or turning on your computer? Overnight outdoor camps give kids the chance to do just that. Sleep-away camps give children the opportunity to play, learn, and interact with the world in a place where technology is not available, so they get to focus on real interactions with the people and the environment around them. Kids meet new friends and develop genuine relationships with them, not just Internet or phone connections. Being in an outdoor setting without city distractions lets kids develop a wonder and respect for nature, which is becoming increasingly less common in our high tech world.

The friendships that are made and life lessons that are learned at summer camp, away from hustle bustle, high tech world we live in, help children grow-up strong, confident and open to a lifetime of new experiences.

It occurs to me that 13, 14, 15 are excellent years in which to send children to an overnight camp. These are the years of a normal separation from parents process and are also years when they need the most guidance. Chose your camp wisely and you will be benefitting from the fine counselors and counselors in training who love camp and want to impart the values and wonderful experiences they themselves found at the same ages.

Sarah Camp has been going to summer camp all her life. She says, "It has made me who I am. I have worked at Camp Unalayee for 8 years and have led each of their programs. After receiving my BA from UC Santa Cruz I spent much of my time leading science and outdoor education trips with Fieldguides Inc."

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(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgI was brought into homeschooling kicking and screaming. Well, actually, I tried not to do that in front of my daughter, as we were both dazed and confused after her unsuccessful quarter in kindergarten. But inwardly, there were lots of screams and self-directed kicks.

I spent about two months trying to go it alone, feeling lonely, angry, and annoyed. Then I sent an e-mail that changed it all.

I had interviewed local educator Heddi Craft for Growing Up in Santa Cruz. She was then running a small business called the Educational Resource Center of Santa Cruz. When I interviewed Heddi, I'd had to bring my daughter along to the interview. I remember telling Heddi as I was leaving, "Back to trying to pound my square peg into that round hole!"

From out of the depths of my homeschool despair, I e-mailed Heddi and pretty much just said, "Help!" .... continued>>>>

 

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Enjoy delicious BBQ, Strawberry shortcake, chocolate dipped strawberries, fresh strawberries and more. Take a turn at the Dunk Tank and get your favorite local celebrity wet; or nominate someone you want to see get in the Dunk Tank! We have carnival games, live music, giant bouncy house etc. Get you raffle tickets for this years Festival. Our Grand prize is dinner for two at the 12 best restaurants in Santa Cruz. There are over 100 prizes!

 

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