Summer is on its way, and with it comes preschool storytimes at Arlington County libraries and the Get Caught Reading program.

Preschool Storytime

Arlington County Libraries have great preschool storytimes!  There are four drop-in storytime programs this summer, starting on July 11th: Get Caught Listening, which is for all ages, Under Twos for ages 0 – 2, Over Twos for ages 2 – 5, and Stories in the Park for all Ages.  Stories in the Park will be held outside the Walter Reed Community Center under the shade trees.  The interactive storytimes will incorporate books, stories, songs, and fingerplays focusing on the wonders of the world.  These storytimes do not require registration.  For a complete schedule, visit here

Get Caught Reading

The Get Caught Reading Summer session also begins July 11th.  It is a summer reading program for children.  Kids will get a reading log on which they record the books they read over the summer.  Registration for this program is required, and begins Wednesday, June 15.  Children will receive prizes when they have read a certain number of books.

  • Preschool children earn a prize by sharing 10 books and completing as many of the activities on the preschool reading log as possible.
  • Kids entering grades K-5 earn a prize for reading or listening to 10 books of your choice.
  • Kids entering grades 6-12 participate in Teens Get Caught Reading and earn a prize for reading or listening to 4 books of your choice.

Plus, The Friends of the Library will donate 50¢ to the Petit Goave Library in Haiti for each completed book log.

The program includes really fun summer performances including Groovy Nate, puppet shows, dance performances, and storytelling.  Also, every Friday at 2pm, there will be a G or PG movie shown at Shirlington (Tangled, How to Train Your Dragon, Cars, etc).  The Get Caught Reading summer performances are for children entering kindergarten through 5th grade.  Free tickets are required and will be distributed only to age appropriate children and one accompanying adult per child.  Tickets are available the day before each performance on a first-come, first-served basis.  Make sure to plan ahead as some branches have very limited seating.  You can download a preschool reading log or an elementary reading log  or pick one up at the library.