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Summer Reading for Kids Has a New Look at Emma Clark Library

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Setauket, NY – June 6, 2018 –

“Libraries Rock!” is the theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Club (SRC), and this year will be rockin’ at Emma Clark Library with a new online look!

The Children’s Summer Reading Club (SRC) is a fun way to include reading and related activities in summer family time.  It also helps to avoid the “summer slide,” which is the tendency for students who don’t read over the summer to forget or lose some of what they’ve learned by the fall.  For those who are not yet reading, when an adult reads to the child it builds vocabulary, imagination, and teaches about the world around them.

Kids from Birth – 6th Grade are invited to join SRC by registering online right from the Library’s homepage (emmaclark.org) or in-person in the Children’s Department.  After registering online (or when the child registers in-person), they will receive a new, sturdy reusable book bag while supplies last.  Registration is ongoing throughout the summer and does not have to be done by a certain date.  Starting Monday, June 25, earned weekly prizes will be awarded to kids who read at least one book each week.  There will be weekly prizes for each child, as well as weekly raffle basket prizes.  Any child may register, even if they can’t make it to the library each week.

The new, fun, and user-friendly online tool to keep track of what your child reads this summer is called Beanstack. Besides acting as an online book log, there are other benefits to tracking books on this system, such as weekly book recommendations linked to the Library catalog, which are tailored to the child’s age, reading level and interests.  When the child logs in their books read, he/she will receive colorful electronic badges and be notified of prizes earned.  Parents and children will also be able to view themed booklists on topics of interest (ranging from “Exploring Egypt” to “Say No to Bullying!”). Kids will also have the option to write book reviews and read learning tips and activities for each book selected.

There will be multiple family-friendly Summer Reading Celebration events at the Library throughout the summer, such as the SRC Kick-Off Carnival; Recycled Music with Jack Licitra from South Bay Arts; The Music, Bubbles, & Comedy Show: Born to Read; Prestino’s Magic; and Jester Jim.  Families should check Emma Clark Library’s newsletter for dates and registration information (www.emmaclark.org/newsletters).

In addition, in following with the theme of “Libraries Rock!”, the Library would like to know what music Three Village kids are listening to these days.  There will be a big wall in the Children’s Department with all of the children’s answers.  Patrons are invited to view and contribute to the wall throughout the summer.

As extra incentive to read over the summer, the “Emma Cup” is back! The Library holds a friendly competition between the local elementary schools.  The school that has the highest percentage of children that sign up for AND finish SRC (each child must read at least 7 books to complete the program) will have their School and Year inscribed in the “Emma Cup” trophy.  SRC ends on August 31, and the winning school will be announced in September.

If there are any questions about the Kid’s SRC, email kids@emmaclark.org or call 631.941.4080 ext. 123.



What about the Teens?  They have a Summer Reading Club as well!  Teens may pick up an entry form at the Adult Reference Desk.  The more books they read, the greater their chance of winning one of the fabulous gift baskets that are given away in August at the end of the program.




Emma Clark Library would like to thank the following businesses that support the Library and our community by donating prizes for Kids and Teens Summer Reading raffle gift baskets:

  • 081 Pizza
  • Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
  • Adventureland Amusement Park
  • Applebee’s
  • Cabo Fresh
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Campus Bicycle
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Chipotle
  • Crazy Beans
  • Jamba Juice
  • The Long Island Violin Shop
  • Luigi’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
  • O Sole Mio Ristorante Pizzeria
  • Panera Bread
  • Port Jefferson Cinemas
  • Rolling Pin Bakery
  • Setauket Village Diner *
  • Sky Zone, Mt. Sinai
  • Splish Splash
  • Soup’s On
  • Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University
  • Starbucks
  • Station Pizza
  • Stone Soupe
  • Stony Brook Pizza
  • Strathmore Bagels – Three Village Plaza
  • Target – South Setauket
  • Ten89 Noodle House
  • Via Pizza
  • Wahlburgers

*Special thank you to Setauket Village Diner for their donation of gift cards for all of the baskets.


Last year was a stellar year for SRC at Emma Clark Library with over 22,000 books read by kids and teens, a 38% increase in books read from the previous year.  The Library is confident that Three Village will surpass that number in 2018!


The Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, located at 120 Main Street in Setauket and on the web at www.emmaclark.org, provides public library service to all residents of the Three Village Central School District.

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