Teen Services: Read, Learn, Explore

Read, Learn, Explore
Click here to sign up for Teen Summer Reading 2018
Open to incoming 6th graders and older who live in Hampton or are students of Winnacunnet HS.


There are many different ways that we learn. That's why we're encouraging summer learning through a wide variety of adventures all summer long. Learning activities are grouped into categories: Read, Write, Create, Explore, Play, and Give. A full list for each category & recommendations can be found on our website or create your own. An activity should equal at least 1 hour of time. The last day to turn in your activities is August 9th. Incentives can be picked up whenever you complete a row on the front of the card. Log your activities on your tracking sheet and receive an incentive every time you finish 7 learning experiences. Move from the 1st incentive to the 5th to receive them all.

Read

There are countless benefits to reading, not the least of which is that reading exposes us to a world of imagination, showing us, nothing is impossible in this world. But did you know that reading for at least 20 minutes per day is a great way to keep your brain active? Studies show that students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months. It’s important for school-age children to read to prevent summer learning loss, but it's also essential for adults who want to keep their brains flexible and nimble.

 

 

Write

Writing goes hand-in-hand with reading. A critical skill in becoming a good reader, writing fosters our ability to explain and refine our ideas to others and ourselves, and it expresses who we are as people. We have provided a small selection of activities here. To see the full list, please login to your Summer Break account.

Recommended Writing Activities:

  • Write in a journal.
  • Send a hand-written letter to a friend.
  • Plan out a shopping trip with your parent, write the list.
  • Go to a poetry slam.
  • Write a poem or story.
  • Color with a family member.
  • Attend an author event.
 
 

Create

 

When we create, we are essentially exercising our problem-solving skills. Creativity expands our perceptions and allows us to see obstacles not just as roadblocks but also as opportunities. Creative activities also make life much more interesting and fulfilling. We have provided a small selection of activities here. To see the full list, please login to your Summer Break account.

Recommended Creative Activities:

  • Plant a seed.
  • Attend an art workshop
  • Knit or Crochet something.
  • Make a new recipe.
  • Paint or draw a picture.
  • Take photos with a friend or your family.
  • Make up a silly song and sing it.
  • Play a musical instrument.
  • Build a summer fort.

 

Explore

Exploration is vital to the human spirit. Even as babies, we're driven to explore the world around us, discover new things, and push beyond the boundaries of what we already know. Through exploration, we not only broaden our horizons, but we create new relationships and better understand ourselves and others. We have provided a small selection of activities here. To see the full list, please login to your Summer Break account.

Recommended Explore Activities:

  • Learn a new tech skill with a Universal Class tutorial.
  • Visit a local historic site.
  • Visit a Museum.
  • Visit the library with your family.
  • Watch a movie version of a book you've read.
  • Try a new Hobby.
  • Take a tour of Boston.
  • Visit a park you've never been to before.
  • Explore the beach.

 

Play

 

Even though playtime may seem like "downtime" for the brain, there's a lot of learning happening. We're communicating with others; reading body language; experimenting; problem solving; and practicing physical movement, patience and understanding. And when your children play with you, they are also learning — that they are loved, important and fun to be around. We have provided a small selection of activities here. To see the full list, please login to your Summer Break account.

Recommended Play Activities:

  • Visit a playground
  • Take a walk on a nature trail.
  • Tell a joke to a friend.
  • Play a board game.
  • Play a sport.
  • Go swimming, surfing, or water skiing.
  • See how far you can skip a rock.

 

 

Give

Not only does it feel good to give, but there are also many learning benefits to giving. Giving provides opportunities to meet and share expertise, learn new skills, and understand and develop empathy for others. Volunteering can also actually make you healthier! Studies have shown that volunteering makes people feel physically healthier and lower stress. We have provided a small selection of activities here. To see the full list, please login to your Summer Break account.

Recommended Give Activities:

  • Donate canned goods to the food bank.
  • Give a friend or family member a hug.
  • Read a book to someone special.
  • Volunteer to help a neighbor with a chore.
  • Donate old clothes or toys to Goodwill.
  • Donate books to the library.
  • Help out around the house.
  • Carry the groceries inside.
  • Spend some time with an elderly neighbor.
  • Join a beach clean up

 

 

 


 Teen Finale will be held at Family Fun Center Arcade @ Hampton Beach Casino!

The Teen Department will hold a separate Finale at the Family Fun Center Arcade at the Hampton Beach Casino. August 10th, 12:00-2:00 PM. The final 5th Incentive will earn teens $10 in tokens. Teens can still attend the Children's Room Finale, either for fun or as volunteers to earn more tickets!



 

logoWhat's Going On This Summer?
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Signing Up For Summer Reading:

Teens can sign-up any time! Teens will get a Summer ID, the number they'll use each time they submit their reading logs for summer reading. Check with the Library after for signing up for your Summer ID number.

 Lane Memorial Library Summer Reading is generously sponsored by The Friends of Lane Memorial Library.

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