While many students are enjoying a care-free summer, librarians in King, Walnut Cove and Danbury are working hard to prevent a summer slide and provide a fun and entertaining way to encourage kids to keep reading.
“The 2016 Summer Reading Program at the Walnut Cove Public Library encourages everyone to get busy and read,” said Walnut Cove Branch Librarian Christine Bole. “This year’s theme, On Your Mark, Get Set, Read encourages the link between a fit body and a fit mind.
“Research has shown that time spent reading is effective in stopping the ‘summer slide,’ or the loss of reading skills for children during the summer months,” she said.
King Branch Assistant Librarian Gretchen Parker agreed, noting that summer reading programs provided a fun way to keep kids reading.
“They can read whatever they want,” she said. “It keeps it fun and interesting for them.”
“Our goals are to motivate families and children to read for pleasure, help school-aged children maintain reading skills, establish the library as a vital part of the community and encourage partnerships with schools, and have fun by offering educational programs to keep our children active throughout the summer,” added Boles.
In Walnut Cove, the library will be hosting free programs for children of all ages and abilities on Mondays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m from June 27 through Aug. 1.
“On June 27, we will have a Summer Reading Movie Day and Hot Dog Party,” said Boles. “We will be showing The Peanuts Movie and serving hot dogs. Then on July 11 we will have storytelling with Vicky Town, a Mad Science Olympic Party on July 18, Fitness Fun with Gary and Amanda Martin on July 25, and dancing with Don Richardson on Aug. 1.”
In King, the library is hosting three summer reading programs, one for adults, one for teens and one for pre-k through 5th grade.
“We will giving away a $50 gift card for each group in August,” said Parker, noting that every hour a participant spent reading would result in a new entry into the drawing. “Parents or kids can keep track of a reading log, and then bring them into the library whenever they want. We will notate on the log that they have read an hour and they will get a little rubber stamp and get a new entry into the give away.”
King kicked off its Summer Reading program last week with a free hot dog lunch and open house.
“We wanted to let everyone know about this great Summer Reading program,” said Parker. “We wanted to give them a chance to come into the library, see what we have to offer, get library cards and pick up their reading logs.”
She said in addition to the gift card give away, the library has a number of great events planned throughout the summer.
“We are going to do something new this year and have a skate party on July 13,” she said. “Kids have to read three hours, that is their admittance to come and skate. They do not have to pay for anything, they just get to come in and have a good time.”
Other programs at the King Public Library include:
— Preschool Storytime every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3-5.
— Family Movie Mondays at 10:30 a.m. on June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, and July 25. All movies are rated G or PG and are free to attend.
For rising kindergartners through rising 5th graders:
— Magical Storyteller Wendal Wandell, Wednesday, June 22, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
— Vroom! Racing at 200 mph presented by NASCAR Hall of Fame Education manager, Eliza Russell, Wednesday, June 29, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
— Skate Party at Roll-R-King, Wednesday, July 13, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
— On Your Mark, Get Set, Move! presented by Laugh & Learn with Casey Nees, Friday, July 22, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
— The Balloon Lady, Wednesday, July 27, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
For rising 6th-12th graders:
— Game Changer Book Bingo, Thursday, June 23, from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
— Page to Screen Teen Book Club, Thursday, June 30, from 5:15 p.m. to 7:45p.m. Read the book The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey before this event meet. Then, participants will watch the movie based on this book and discuss the similarities/differences.
— Skate Party at Roll-R-King Wednesday, July 13, from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
— Minute to Win It Olympics, Thursday, July 14, from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Test your skills with fun 60 second challenges.
— Got Snacks? With Celebrity Chef Nikki Miller-Ka, Monday, July 18, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration required by July 13.
— Pizza and a Movie Night (PG-13), Thursday, July 28, from 5:30p.m. until 7:45 p.m.
For adults ages 18 and up:
—Food as Medicine with David McMahon, N.D., Monday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m.
—Exercise Your Mind by Coloring (3 sessions), Tuesday, June 21, and Monday July 25, at 6 p.m. and Thursday, July 14, at 10 a.m.
—Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo, Monday, June 27, at 6 p.m.
—Think Greek with Chef Nikki Miller-Ka, Monday, July 18, at 6 p.m.
—Breakfast and a Movie series – Thursday, June 23, Thursday, July 7, and Thursday, July 21, at 10 a.m. Please contact the library for the titles.
Residents in the northern part of the county can also enjoy Summer Reading programs at the Danbury Public Library.
They held a hot dog kickoff for the summer on Monday and will continue with a storyteller on Monday, June 27, at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; puppets on Thursday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m. and noon; a performance by an aerialist on Monday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and water balloons and games on Monday, July 25, at 2 p.m.
Both Boles and Parker thanked area businesses, schools and civic organizations like the United Fund of Stokes County and Stokes County Art Council for their support of the Summer Reading programs.
“Thank you to those in the community who help us with cash donations, food, prizes, and support of all types,” said Boles.”Without the help of our communities and the volunteers, it would not be possible to provide the outstanding programs we do.”
She said that while the Summer Reading programs are intended to be very fun, they also serve an important role for children’s education.
“Every subject depends on the ability to read,” she said. “There is really nothing in life that can be truly accomplished without the ability to read. With a good book one never gets bored. We can travel to faraway places, meet famous people, live our own fantasy life, cry or laugh at a good story, and entertain ourselves. If you cannot afford a vacation, read about your desired destination. Missed a good movie, read the book it was adapted from.”
Boles added that every library in the county offers much more than just the books on their shelves.
“Now that our libraries are part of the N.C. Cardinal system, we have access to over 5 million plus books and materials so if we do not have a book you really want to read, there is an excellent chance we can request the book from another Cardinal library in the state at no charge to you,” she said. “The library offers not only books and fun programs for kids but many other services. There are rooms available for meetings and a study room. Call us and we can reserve a room for your meeting. We can fax and we can make color or black and white copies. Needing to email paperwork to someone? We can scan the paper copies and email it to you or save on a flash drive. High-speed internet is available at no cost for those with a library card. We have an interactive children’s computer. We are a Wi-Fi hotspot. There are magazines and newspapers for your enjoyment. We also offer interlibrary loans, an online card catalog accessible from home, NCLIVE, E-books, Ancestry.com, and the very popular ABC Mouse.”
For more information about the Summer Reading programs or what each library has to offer visit their website at www.nwrl.org.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.