Summer reading program combats summer slide

The library partnered with the Fairfield Community School District by offering a venue from 11:30 a.m.to noon for its free lunch program for youth ages 2 to 18, and summer reading activities for elementary and middle school kids begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Hallauer said the library would offer other "cool" things, such as a visit from the Blank Park Zoo at 5:30 p.m. June 20, a magic show with Jesus Rios at 5:30 p.m. July 17 and a puppet show with Eulenspiegel Puppets at 5:30 p.m. August 1. During the event children will literally construct a community of forest creatures. All the programs are free, although some do require registration. The workshop also will involve education on animal totems.

Start by registering all the adults who want to participate in your Family, and then register any children.

Additionally, a portion of Catawba Avenue-next to the library-will be closed to traffic for the three-hour event.

"The idea is to keep kids reading over the summer", she said. The first class will be at 10 a.m., the second at 2 p.m.

There is a host of other activities on tap at the library in June. The victor will be announced at 3:30 p.m. that day.

Mary Cousins, Librarian in Charge at the Family Library, said: 'Our Summer Reading Scheme encourages reading, writing and creativity throughout the school holidays, with more than 300 children signed up for previous year.

Lego Club days will begin on June 6 and take place June 14, July 11 and 17 and August 1.

Summer reading program combats summer slide

Infants and toddlers who complete 20 pre-reading activities through the program can win a board book as a prize, Weeks-Wegner said. They encourage language development, and foster a love of books and a lifetime of learning.

Teens will be "building a better world" through a partnership with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity in July and participating in a RAD self-defense course offered by the Mooresville Police Department. Tape and trash will be provided by the library, but participants can bring their own trash.

"Reading is very important", said Krystal Coleman.

Area schools will again be competing against each other as well for the traveling readying trophy which is now at Mooresville Middle School.

Each participant will receive a log book to record the titles of books he or she reads this summer.

Paul Jones, Assurance Director at PwC Isle of Man, said: 'The Family Library and Mobile Library have provided such excellent and vital services to the Island for many years, and we are proud to help them continue the superb work they do. "(They) gave us feedback on our room and gave us tips and donated tickets and gave us a game for August which we still have to put on the calendar".

Teens in grades 6-12, meanwhile, can use clues to search the library for specific items each Find It Monday for prizes and will have the chance to build everything from cosplay costumes to water games to skyscrapers on Build-It Tuesdays. "We also do the local author showcase and make connections that way with local authors in our community". From 1 to 4 p.m. July 15 at Beat the Heat, vote for your favorite sculpture. Some 13 authors have confirmed to attend as of last week, and Mosher said they are still taking authors. "We also plan to rent games from Family Video", she said.

On July 6, all who sign up will be transported by bus to the Jackson County Central Performing Arts Center in Jackson, where Iowa Great Lakes-based Treasure Village performers will present the play, "Snow White".

  • Arturo Norris