Archive for Thursday, June 15, 2006

Basehor Library’s summer programs keep youths reading

June 15, 2006

With students out of school for the summer, the Basehor Community Library is offering two statewide summer reading programs for youths ages pre-school to high school to keep them reading and learning during the summer months.

The first program for children in pre-school to sixth grade is called "Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales." Each child sets a goal for the number of books they read or have read to them each week and record these books in a reading log. If they reach their goal, they are rewarded with a prize.

The other program called, "Creature Feature," is designed for older youths.

"It is similar to the children's program, but it is aimed at teens," said Amy Shaffer, director of the teen summer reading program.

Each teen must read a book, magazine or newspaper each week to receive a prize. They also have weekly crafts that go with the theme of the program.

Youths in both groups can enter their names into a weekly drawing to win bigger prizes such as gift cards.

Other programs offered through the library include Amy's Book Club, which meets three times during the summer. Shaffer said that the program not only encourages students to read, but it also gives them a chance to make friends.

"Everybody comes to talk about the book they read," she said. "It's a social event. It gives them a chance to meet kids outside their grade or school."

The student volunteer program also gives students a chance to help out the library and occupy their free time. These volunteers must be entering at least the seventh grade this fall and must fill out an application with three references to be eligible. The bulk of their duties involve checking the younger children's reading logs and handing out prizes.

To take advantage of the library's summer programs, come by the library's temporary facility at 14500R Parallel behind Nallia School of Dance and Connie's Floral Gifts and Accessories.

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