Summer Reading 2017: July Edition

With the end of July in sight, the heat still climbing outside – my kids & I have been making a local tour of snowball stands, splash pads & even turned our backyard into a wet obstacle course! We’ve also been reading like mad, so much so that we stopped keeping track of reading minutes on their reading logs or the number of books we’ve finished together.

A Little Free Library Full of Books!
As of July 15th, our library Summer Reading Program (& activities) have now ended, but kids can still turn in their reading logs through August 12th. Today, my kids were happy to receive their reading certificates. I’m very proud that they & so many other kids are Building a Better World! 

Building a Better World with Books!

While the number one thing the Summer Reading Program does is encourage kids to read, the next best thing is the free, creative activities. My kids loved building structures out of straws, minecraft people out of blocks, and airplanes out of construction paper. A great activity for both parents and kids was Lego Robotics, where families worked together to build & code robots! Perhaps their most challenging activity was the Lego structure competition, where they worked together to build a creation on the theme “Build a Better World with Books.” Judged on their building skills, creativity and ability to explain their structure, they were surprised to receive 2nd place in their age category!

Lego Competition 2nd place Winners!
Summer is still swinging, and we will still be reading in the weeks ahead. In fact, as we left the library today, my daughter was already cracking open her newest find, reading it in the car as we spent our day out and about. When we arrived home, having spent a couple hot hours outside, she carried the book inside, exclaiming at the miracle of air-conditioning. And a minute later? Her nose was, happily, stuck in a book. 🙂💖📚

Thank you for reading, and for visiting Space to Dream. Happy Summer Reading! Have a wonderful day. -Stacie

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Happy 4th of July! 


She woke up to a brilliant July sun,

stretched and felt the warmth spilling over,

the sweet breeze of summer flowing through her skin, 

inviting her to bask in joy, 

in freedom, 

a celebration in bold shades 

of red, white & blue! 🇺🇸☀️❤️

Wishing you a Happy 4th of July celebrating America & Freedom with family & friends! 

As always, thank you for stopping by Space to Dream. Have a joyful day! 🙂❤️☀️🇺🇸 -Stacie

Summer Reading 2017: June’s End 

It’s the last week of June, and just that like that – we are halfway through summer. We’ve had equal amounts of rain and sun, some days so filled with activities that I haven’t noticed the hours passing by. Perhaps my favorite days, though, have been the ones where we haven’t had much on the calendar. In those moments, the kids have done some simple but amazing things: taken nature walks (painting rocks they found afterwards), flown kites, gone fishing, found a quiet corner to read a new book, and created new games with old toys. I can’t think of anything more satisfying as a parent than seeing them use their imaginations and find beauty in ordinary things.


One of the simple things we have loved doing together is visiting Little Free Libraries. We have one at our local city park that we visit frequently, but we’ve also visited others on day trips and on our cross-country summer vacation to Illinois. What I love most about these little libraries is their variety, not only in books, but also in the colorful, fun way people build and decorate them. My favorite one so far is a repurposed London Telephone Box in my hometown of Bloomington, Illinois.


To find the Little Free Libraries near you, go to: 

https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/

This summer my kids and I have found books in many places: our local library, bookstores, yard sales, coffee shops, a juice bar, little free libraries. Some books we’ve borrowed, others we’ve exchanged (“take one, leave one”), and the rest we’ve purchased at reduced prices with the little pocket money we carry. The best finds are the unexpected ones, and I love seeing the kids reactions at those moments – it’s truly like seeing them in a candy store, but it’s books!

And books, without a doubt, are so much sweeter. 🙂