Dig Into Reading at Oswego Library

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Public Library recently added a hundred children’s books in preparation for a great summer of reading!

The theme this summer will be Dig Into Reading and many exciting activities and contests will be taking place upstairs at the library, 120 E. Second St.

Dig Into Reading at Oswego Library
Dig Into Reading at Oswego Library

Everyone in the Oswego schools is invited to attend and library cards are free with a parent or guardian’s photo ID.

Children must be able to write both their first and last name to receive their first library card.

We welcome your calls with questions at 341-5867 and are open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday; noon – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday through June 30.

Keep children reading all summer long.

Contrary to popular opinion – including many educators’ – most students, even those “at-risk,” make decent progress during the school year! It’s summer when they fall behind.


Scientifically-based research shows that “On average, children from low-income families lose nearly three months of grade-level equivalency during the summer months each year, compared to an average of one month lost by middle-income children.”

What IS Summer Reading?

Nearly every public library in New York sponsors a Summer Reading Program with organized, summer activities to promote reading during the summer.

Often, libraries will provide programs, projects, games, incentives and fun for children of all ages – Pre-K through teens.

Many libraries will also have family activities or adult summer reading programs, too. Check with your local public library to see how your schools can collaborate to help kids keep reading all summer long.

How can you easily prevent summer set-back?

Libraries across New York, both public and school, urge parents and educators to team up and eliminate this phenomenon. Encourage families, parents, care providers, summer camps, and others to get youngsters reading every summer.

Why summer reading?

Summer reading programs are an efficient, fun way to incorporate reading and related activities into summer family time. Note these findings from Stephen Krashenii, nationally known reading expert.

Reading gets better when you practice it.
Reading helps improve writing style.
Having a school librarian makes a difference in the amount children read.
Children read more when they listen to and discuss stories.

Where can you get more information about summer reading?

New York State Library’s web site for additional tips www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer
NY State Library research compilation www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/research.htm
Fiore’s Summer Library Reading Program Handbook, Carole D. Fiore, Neal- Schuman Publishers, 2005.

Want more information about summer learning?

Visit the National Summer Learning Association at www.summerlearning.org

Based at Johns Hopkins University, the association develops, evaluates, and disseminates model summer learning programs, stimulates research, and builds public support to ensure that no child takes a vacation from learning during the summer months.


The cameo necklace: a Cecile mystery / by Evelyn Coleman.
The one and only Ivan / Katherine Applegate ; illustrations by Patricia Castelao.
Day of doom / David Baldacci.
Hold fast / by Blue Balliett.
Wonder Show / by Hannah Barnaby.
Just a dog / Michael Gerard Bauer.
Let’s pretend this never happened : by Jamie Kelly / [by Jim Benton].
My pants are haunted: by Jamie Kelly / [by Jim Benton].
School: Hasn’t this gone on long enough? / by Jamie Kelly [i.e. Jim Benton].
The super-nice are super-annoying / by Jamie Kelly [i.e. Jim Benton]
Nobody’s perfect. I’m as close as it gets / by Jamie Kelly ; [i.e., Jim Benton].
Blackbeard’s pirates vs the evil mummies / James Black.
Bad Kitty school daze / Nick Bruel.
The case of the library monster / Dori Hillestad Butler ; pictures by Jeremy Tugeau and Dan Crisp.
The Christmas pony / Melody Carlson.
Will Sparrow’s road / Karen Cushman.
Ghoulfriends just want to have fun / Gitty Daneshvari.
A mutiny in time / James Dashner.
Attack of the shark-headed zombie / by Bill Doyle ; illustrated by Scott Altmann.
Zebra Forest / Adina Rishe Gewirtz.
Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Extra Credit / Tommy Greenwald ; illustrated by J. P. Coovert.
Force out / Tim Green.
You only die twice / Dan Gutman.
Extreme Babymouse / by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm.
The Vanishing / Christopher Holt ; first in The Last Dogs series.
The sun trail / Erin Hunter.
Buddy / by Annie Ingle ; illustrated by Tim Jessell.
Geeks, girls, and secret identities / by Mike Jung.
Star wolf / Kathryn Lasky.
A dog called Homeless / Sarah Lean.
The colossus rises / Peter Lerangis.
The case of the mystery meat loaf / by David Lewman ; [cover illustration by Chris King].
White fur flying / Patricia MacLachlan.
Judy Moody and the not bummer summer / Megan McDonald; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.
The trap door / Lisa McMann.
Hide and seek / Kate Messner.
Teddy / Ellen Miles.
Nancy Clancy, secret admirer / by Jane O’Connor; illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser.
Olympus at War / Kate O’Hearn.
Wanted! A guinea pig called Henry / Wendy Orr; illustrations by Patricia Castelao.
Stallion by starlight / by Mary Pope Osborne; illustrated by Sal Murdocca.
Save the cupcake! / Lisa Papademetriou.
Taking the cake! / Lisa Papademetriou.
I funny / James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein; [illustrations by Laura Park].
My brother is a big, fat liar / James Patterson and Lisa Papademetriou; illustrated by Neil Swaab.
Kingdom keepers IV: power play / Ridley Pearson.
Kingdom Keepers V: shell game / Ridley Pearson.
Kingdom Keepers VI: dark passage / Ridley Pearson.
Big Nate flips out / Lincoln Peirce.
Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-boxers / Dav Pilkey.
Spymasters / Clifford Riley.
The Golden Door / Emily Rodda.
The Silver Door / Emily Rodda.
Fyre / Angie Sage; illustrated by Mark Zug.
Darcy / Whitney Sanderson; illustrated by Ruth Sanderson.
The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop / Kate Saunders.
Splendors and glooms / Laura Amy Schlitz.
Rump : the true story of Rumpelstiltskin / Liesl Shurtliff.
Thea Stilton and the prince’s emerald / text by Thea Stilton; translated by Emily Clement.
I survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 / by Lauren Tarshis; illustrated by Scott Dawson.
Three times lucky / by Sheila Turnage.
A journey to the center of the earth / Jules Verne; adapted by, Kathryn Lay ; illustrated by, Eric Scott Fisher.
Zero to hero / Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.
Mind if I read your mind? / Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.
How to scare the pants off your pets / Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.

2013-2014 Battle of the Books Are Here Too

The underneath / by Kathi Appelt ; illustrated by David Small.
The Penderwicks: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy / Jeanne Birdsall.
Modern fairies, dwarves, goblins, & other nasties: a practical guide by Miss Edythe McFate / as told to Lesley M.M. Blume; illustrated by David Foote.
Jake Drake, bully buster / Andrew Clements; illustrated by Amanda Harvey.
Powerless / Matthew Cody.
Jeremy Thatcher, dragon hatcher / by Bruce Coville.
The trouble with chickens / by Doreen Cronin; illustrated by Kevin Cornell.
Danny the champion of the world / by Roald Dahl; illustrated by Quentin Blake.
The magician’s elephant / Kate DiCamillo; illustrated by Yoko Tanaka.
The fabled fourth graders of Aesop Elementary School / Candace Fleming.
The girl who could fly / Victoria Forester.
Eleven / Patricia Reilly Giff.
Dancing at the Odinochka / Kirkpatrick Hill.
Invisible Inkling / Emily Jenkins; illustrated by Harry Bliss.
The dragon in the sock drawer / Kate Klimo; with illustrations by John Schroades.
Schooled / Gordon Korman.
Legend: a Legend novel / Marie Lu.
Marty McGuire / by Kate Messner; illustrated by Brian Floca.
Petey / Ben Mikaelsen.
Kensuke’s kingdom / by Michael Morpurgo.
The small adventure of Popeye and Elvis / Barbara O’Connor.
A long walk to water: based on a true story / by Linda Sue Park.
Clementine / by Sara Pennypacker; with illustrations by Marla Frazee.
Heart of a samurai: based on the true story of Manjiro Nakahama / by Margi Preus.
Ottoline and the yellow cat / Chris Riddell.
The one and only Stuey Lewis / Jane Schoenberg; pictures by Cambria Evans.
Wonkenstein / Obert Skye.
The Cryptid hunters / Roland Smith.
Encyclopedia Brown and his best cases ever / by Donald J. Sobol; illustrated by James Bernardin, Lillian Brandi, Leonard Shortall.
The adventures of Tom Sawyer / Mark Twain.
Secret identity / by Wendelin Van Draanen; illustrated by Brian Biggs.
Zorgamazoo / Robert Paul Weston; [illustrations by Victor Rivas Villa].

JUV 331.3  Breaker boys: how a photograph helped end child labor / by Michael Burgan.
JUV 636.7  Bravest dog ever: the true story of Balto / Natalie Standiford.
JUV 741.597  Sidekicks / Dan Santat.
JUV 920  How they croaked: the awful ends of the awfully famous / Georgia Bragg.
JUV B  Who was Dr. Seuss? / Janet Pascal.