Lindbergh makes reading and activities more accessible by opening their library this summer

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The library at Lindbergh School will be open this summer. Photo by Mandy Meloy

By Nicole Quandt and Mandy Meloy
Lindbergh Elementary School

With the support of Lindbergh Elementary School Principal Lindsay Maglio, Reading Interventionist Nicole Quandt and Library Media Technology Specialist Mandy Meloy will be making the library available to families on eight separate dates throughout the summer ‒ and families from other schools are invited to join the fun.

Since Lindbergh is not a summer school site this year and crossing the highway to the nearest public library is difficult for children, they are partnering with the Madison Public Library to keep the Lindbergh Library open to help decrease the effects of the summer reading slide and bring families together. The library will be open Wednesdays, June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2, from 4‒8 pm. Note: This is a not a drop-in program; all children must be accompanied by an adult.

They hope Lindbergh families and others who don’t have easy access to summer opportunities will take advantage of this time to embrace the joy of reading, participate in family-oriented activities and realize the important role a school library has in welcoming and bringing families together. Available activities will include story time, checking out books, creating with makerspace and exploring new technology. Families are also encouraged to bring a picnic, play at the playground, eat at Lindbergh’s new garden benches and even harvest food from the school garden as it becomes available. Students will be able to go home with a free used book each day they are there and can also check out books from the library. Prizes and incentives will be offered for summer reading, and if they reach a certain book total, there will be an all-school surprise in the fall.

Questions? Contact Nicole Quandt at nquandt@madison.k12.wi.us or Mandy Meloy at almeloy@madison.k12.wi.us. See more at madison.k12.wi.us/lindbergh-makes-summer-reading-and-activities-more-accessible-families-opening-their-library-summer#sthash.Y1mtacZb.dpuf.