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My Childhood Summer Reading Logs

   June 20th, 2012

With summer reading programs in full swing, I thought this was appropriate. While cleaning my old stuff out of my parents' house, I came across some of my childhood summer reading logs. They're from the Sandusky (OH) Library from the late seventies - I was born in 1974, so these show what was shaping my mind when I was three and four years old (click through to zoom in):

Summer Reading Log 1977

Summer Reading Log 1978

Summer Reading Certificate 1978

Summer Reading Certificate 1980

Yay for the Sandusky Library, and for my parents. I hope everyone is enjoying summer reading - it sticks.

Incidentally, I found a couple other interesting things at my parents house too.




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13 Responses to “My Childhood Summer Reading Logs”

  1. Maggie Jackson Says:

    Lovely reading memories. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Megan Says:

    These are awesome! I love the Book Trek participation award.

  3. Vicki Says:

    I love it! We tend to give lots of little prizes for Summer Reading Programs now, but I remember that when I was a kid, one year the prizes were dinosaur bookmarks, designed in house. It was nothing fancy, but I coveted the next level dinosaur!

  4. Christina Getrost Says:

    Adorable! This brings back memories. Now I want to dig through my stuff and see if I can find my old summer reading logs; all I remember is that I always read way more books than there were spaces on the record to write them in.

  5. Jenne Says:

    The Funny Bunny Factory! I used to read that every time I went to visit my grandma. Found it again recently at my parents’ house and was amazed how cool and sort of creepy it is.

    Are you going to ALA?

  6. Brian Herzog Says:

    @Jenne: I haven’t read the The Funny Bunny Factory probably since that summer – and sadly, no nearby libraries have it.

    And no, no ALA for me this year. I went to PLA, which was my one big trip. If you’re going, I hope you have a great time.

  7. Jenne Says:

    I am going, because our library was voted Library of the Year!!! (uh…not to brag or anything.)
    Come visit us if you’re ever in the San Diego area.

  8. Angelica Says:

    That Millions of Cats mascot kitty looks like it’s enjoyed way too much catnip. And I swear that my public library never had a summer reading program or if it did, my mom never registered me for it. I DID however, win my class’ reading contest and the grand prize was to read aloud to the principal. Really.

  9. Brian Herzog Says:

    @Angelica: That sounds like the best prize of all. And, I certainly don’t remember these, so without them I never would have known the Sandusky Library had summer reading programs when I was little.

  10. Erin K. Says:

    Hi Brian, I’m a new reader but I realized we are from the same hometown! And, I grew up on Hinde Lane! Small world. I work at Worthington Librarias in Columbus.

  11. Dorene from Ohio Says:

    Love your post! I just saw Mrs. Cummings last week…she is enjoying retirement!

  12. Sam Says:

    @Erin K. – I just bought a house on Hinde Lane! What a small world.

  13. Brian Herzog Says:

    @Dorene: how funny – unfortunately, I have no memory of her (at least her name – I do have a memory of being read to by someone, which could either be library or school).

    @Sam: some of my friends’ parents still live there too – it’s nice to know “the old neighborhood” is still doing well.