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Seattle Public Library makes reading fun for young readers this summer

June 12th, 2012 by Support Staff

This post courtesy of our sister site Fremont Universe.

The Seattle Public Library’s 2012 Summer Reading Program for children kicked off Friday and continues through August 26th. This year’s program celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair with the theme “Read Your Way Into the Future.” Kids can sign up online or in person at any of the 27 Library locations. Participants can track and rate books read, collect stickers and online badges, and create an online avatar:

Children who participate in the Summer Reading Program will receive a free paperback book and a pass to the Burke Museum after reading 10 books. Children who read 10 books by Wednesday, Aug. 1 will be entered into a drawing for the city librarian’s popular Breakfast of Champions event held at the Space Needle in August. One winner from each Library location will be selected. Participating in the Summer Reading Program is a great way for kids to have fun and improve reading skills during the summer break from school. A 2004 study in the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk found that having elementary school students read just four or five books during the summer can prevent the reading-achievement losses that normally occur over those months.

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In addition to the summer-long program, the 2012 “Words of Wonder Tour” features the work of four new authors of fiction for young readers from2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at the Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E. Featured books and authors include:

For more information, call the branch at 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. This is free and open to the public-no registration is required. Free parking is available at the branch.

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Seattle Children's expansion gets council OK

April 5th, 2010 by hillaryu

The Seattle City Council made it official, approving the expansion plans of Seattle Children’s, which over the next four years will add 350 beds in four phases to more than double its number of beds.

The council vote comes after an agreement was reached in February with the Laurelhurst Community Club, which has long objected to expansion plans by the regional pediatric medical facility. It also builds on the recommendations of the Department of Planning and Development and the Citizens Advisory Committee.

Our partner the Seattle Times has more details.

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Kids health fair Saturday at Seattle Children's

March 11th, 2010 by hillaryu

Free bike helmets, tours of an operating room and the opportunity to ask questions about the health of your kids are all part of this Saturday’s Seattle Children’s Health Fair.

The event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is being touted as a “hands-on” community event directed mostly at kids age 3 to 8 but good for the whole family. Other highlights are expected to be crafts and music, the Teddy Bear Clinic (kids are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal for a checkup), and the Tooth Fairy (who will be available for chats). Quantities are limited on bike helmets and the child getting the helmet must be present to ensure proper fit.

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