Dog Ears Bookstore to offer free Reading and Writing Camps

Camps are open to children of all reading and writing levels.
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Once again this summer, Dog Ears Bookstore will be offering free Summer Reading and Writing Camps for children ages 7 to 13. The nonprofit community bookstore is located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

Camps are open to children of all reading and writing levels and will consist of an activity each morning such as music, sports, animals, drama, literature, arts, community awareness and more. After a break for lunch (pack your own or buy lunch at the Dog Ears Café; students will remain at Dog Ears for lunch), children will break into small groups to reflect upon, write about and share thoughts on their morning experiences and achievements. 

The camps for 12- and 13-year-old students are geared toward a reading and writing workshop. These camps will help build reading and writing skills, as well as comprehensive skills that target the needs for each specific grade level. Throughout these programs the children will learn helpful tips, skills and strategies that will carry across all subject areas and transition into the New York State Common Core curriculum. Supplies and portfolios for writing will be provided.

The summer reading camps are funded by grants through the Erie County Youth Bureau and South District Councilman Christopher Scanlon and will be facilitated by state-certified teachers. For any additional information regarding the camps, please contact Tom McDonnell at Registration forms must be completed at Dog Ears Bookstore. Registrations will be accepted beginning Wednesday, June 5. Students must commit to attending all five days of the camp.

The following dates are for Councilman Scanlon-funded camps. Children must live in 14220, 14210 or 14206 to participate during these weeks:
• July 8-12 for children ages 9, 10 and 11.
• July 15-19 for children ages 7 and 8.
• July 22-26 for children ages 12 and 13.

The following dates are for Erie County Youth Services-funded camps. Children can live anywhere in Erie County:
• July 29 – Aug. 2 for children ages 9, 10 and 11.
• Aug. 5-9 for children ages 12 and 13.
• Aug. 12-16 for children ages 7 and 8.

Each camp is limited to 20 children per session and spots will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. Children must be registered at Dog Ears Bookstore by their own parent or guardian. For more information, please visit or call 823-2665.