EmbeddedxDIGxintoxReadingxLogo“Something is waiting for many children every summer, and their parents don’t even know it’s out there. It’s called the “summer slide,” and it describes what happens when young minds sit idle for three months. Children who do not read over the summer will lose more than two months of reading achievement. Summer reading loss is cumulative. By the end of 6th grade children who lose reading skills over the summer will be 2 years behind their classmates. RIF provides resources for parents and teachers to keep kids reading throughout the summer and beyond.”

Get MORE info from:

Reading is Fundamental

Here are some more links about summer slide, summer reading and what to do about it:

Videos and Webcasts:



1319648853RooPAWS Program

Our PAWS program (where kids may sign up to read out loud to a therapy dog for a 15-20 minutes) will continue through the school year.

A BIG thanks to Kim Brown and Roo of Cinderbay Labradors and Janet Burns and Ellie, who currently volunteer to do the program!

Ellie and Janet Burns will be available on the Second Saturday of every month, current dates scheduled are:  January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, and May 11.  The hours are 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Roo and Kim Brown will be available on the THIRD THURSDAY of every month, current dates scheduled are:  January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18 and May 16.  The hours are from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

We recommend that Readers schedule a 15 minute appointment at the Youth Services Desk or by calling 231-758-3112.

The theory is, that by reading out loud to the dog, who doesn’t judge how well the child reads, the child’s self consciousness disappears and she gains the confidence needed to become a better reader.  You may get the complete scoop by watching this video at the Therapy Dogs International web site listed below.

On the third Thursday of the Month, you’ll be reading to Roo, who is a certified therapy dog and a veteran listener.  Roo, pictured here, is the friend of Kim Brown of Cinderbay Labradors in Harbor Springs.

Updated 1/03/2013


Phone:  231-758-3123




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On the second Saturday of the month, you’ll be reading to Ellie, pictured below, who is the friend of Dr. Janet Burns and is pictured here.

Below is a link to a Washington Post article about reading, kids and dogs.



If you have concerns about the effects of all of the different kinds of media and technology on your children, birth through teen, from movies to social networking, then you need to check out Common Sense Media!   The bewildering pace of technological advancement and how it interacts with our children’s development can feel, and is, so overwhelming that our tendency is just to ignore it.  So, if you need a compass to help you to navigate that landscape, you can do no worse than to explore their web site.You may find their home page below.  Be sure to check out their mission statement on the “about us” page and “How we rate and review” at the bottom of the page.

updated 6/24/2011





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On December 20, 2007, the Petoskey District Library dedicated the mural painted by Nikolas Burkhart and honored those who made the mural possible.

Pictured, from left to right:

Artist Nikolas Burkhart, Balky and Patti Grannis, whose Foundation made the painting of the mural possible, Yvonne Walker-Keshick, who was Nikolas’s consultant for painting the mural, and Karen Sherrard, Petoskey District Library Director.



Char-Em ISD (Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District)
Petoskey Public Schools
Harbor Light Christian School
Harbor Springs Public Schools
Concord Academy
Saint Francis School

Links checked 1/3/13