Strathmore Town Library will host a weekly summer reading group for children from today, and July 7 will also see the start of a program for teenagers.
The program takes place every Tuesday for kindergarten through 2nd grade, every Wednesday for 3rd and 4th grade, and every Thursday for 5th and 6th grade.
Karissa Carlson, Luke Schramm and Jeannie Nelson work in the program and share what children can expect from this experience.
Schramm shares what kids can expect besides reading in this program.
“We will have some kind of activities to start for them. There will be things to color like this. We’ll have games planned, story time, we’ll have crafts for many weeks, and then we’ll also have time at the library where the kids can go sign a book, and then we’ll have reading journals that come with the program. So our goal is to get kids to read as much as possible outside of the curriculum, as well as in their free time over the summer, and we have plenty of prizes and incentives to help them do that.
The Summer Reading Team also tries to get the kids to read more, because diminished interest in literacy is a common symptom of summer vacation, as Nelson illustrates.
“One of the main things is that literacy levels tend to drop over the summer because a lot of people don’t focus on reading, so that makes it harder again in September to start and therefore encouraging kids to read throughout the summer is always good, and it’s also a great way for kids to make friends and new interactions while learning
Nelson added that the summer reading team also tries to get children to focus on a specific genre of literature during their summer vacation.
“Our theme is myths, legends, fairy tales and all those sorts of things. The whole program is based on that. Every week we have a sub-theme, so some of the themes are myths and legends from around the world. Fairy tales, mythical creatures, then throughout the week, the books will be specific to this theme. However, it’s not as heavily focused on the teen program.
Your child or teen could also win prizes just by reading during the summer! One of the big prizes up for grabs is a Calaway Park pass, in addition to many more.
Schramm explains that many donated items and prizes were only made possible with the help of local businesses and sponsors.
“Many local businesses have also donated many prizes or even money to help support our program. I feel like this helps us build good relationships with local business owners who are good to support at a time like this. We also had places that donated money that helped pay for some of our community events and craft supplies and things like that. It’s really nice to see, especially the willingness of local businesses to support us. It was awesome.
The Summer Reading Team is very grateful for the support from the community. Carlson added that they look forward to seeing locals attend upcoming library events.
“We especially hope to attract more people for our community events, as these are specifically open to all ages. They’re more specifically designed for kids up to 12, but we’re having mini Olympics, we’re having a movie day, and we’ve got lots of cool things to do on Fridays, so we encourage people to look them up.
Hopefully this will be the first of many Strathmore reading programs over the summer. With a dedicated and hardworking team leading the way, this is unlikely to be the last program we see improving summer literacy.
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