All books are due on or before June 7. A hold will be placed on the report card of any student who fails to return or pay for his or her library books by the end of the school year. A hold will also be placed on a student's report card if his or her parent has unresolved library books at the end of the school year. Please return all library books OR pay for any that have been lost or significantly damaged. I can tell you the price of books for which payment must be made. Payment must be in exact change or a check payable to MBUSD.
The Pennekamp library is closed over the summer. Fortunately there are several great public libraries right nearby. The Manhattan Beach public library has a summer reading program including activities and cultural events for every age. There's a nice PDF of summer events just below this post. The best way to find out about everything happening there is to sign up for the library's electronic newsletter. I know many families like the libraries in Redondo Beach, Torrance, and El Segundo. All are great options to make sure everyone has exciting reading materials for the summer!
The district summer reading lists are a great source of pleasure reading suggestions. While the lists are organized by grade level, most students can find something of interest on any of the three lists, so I encourage you to take a look at all three. Lists for this year and from previous years are posted on this website.
The summer is a great time to read! I hope everyone finds time to read every day. It's a great habit to build, and one very enjoyable way to encourage your child's reading habit is to have a reading time of your own. Consider creating a cozy reading spot, too. Some people keep track of books or pages read over the summer--this can be fun and motivating. Or why not start a summer book club for your child and a few friends? Participants can meet every couple of weeks to discuss a book they've all chosen to read (and you can provide the snacks!). Traveling this summer? It's likely there are children's books about or set in your destination. Bring books when you travel, or listen to a book all together on a family car trip. Check out the local independent bookstore in places you visit. Whether here or elsewhere, read aloud during the afternoon snack and of course at bedtime. Talking with your children about what they are reading (and what you are reading) improves comprehension and builds valuable social skills. Finally, the very easiest way to encourage reading is simply to have a changing variety of books and other reading materials around the house and in the car.
Thanks for all your support over the school year. I'm already looking forward to seeing everyone again when school resumes!