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Children encouraged to continue reading

Children encouraged to continue reading

Posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 9:06 pm

Students in Obion County are encouraged to continue reading this summer as part of the Summer Reading Program at the Obion County Public Library.
The library will kick off its summer program June 7 at 10 a.m. when Jason Huneke and Lema from “Reading Between the Lions” make a special visit. Those attending are encouraged to gather in the gym at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, located adjacent to the library. Snacks will be served.
According to the library officials, “Reading over the summer allows children to keep their reading skills up. It prevents summer reading loss. … Children don’t catch up in the fall because the other children are moving ahead with their skills. By the end of sixth grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates.”
In addition to retaining their reading skills, children will also have the chance to win prizes, which begin with as little as 10 books read. The children do not have to be present at the special Monday morning programs to receive prizes and the list of books read can be turned in any day of the week.
Prizes can be earned for reading up to 40 books and, new this year, children will receive credit for reading more than 40 books. They will have their names included in a drawing for additional prizes.
The program will continue through July 19, when magician Chris Egelston will have the closing program.
Other scheduled programs include:
• June 14 — Desert Life Animals;
• June 21 — entertainer Kevin Kidd;
• June 28 — Mr. Bond the Science Guy;
• July 12 — The Imagine That! Crew.
As part of the summer program, the library has added craft workshops on Saturdays at 10 a.m. for children in kindergarten through age 12. These events are limited to 24 children and include Wonders of Water Crafts June 12, Ocean of Fun Crafts June 26 and Splish Splash Summer Crafts on July 10.
The library is conducting a teen summer workshop series for students ages 13-18 and they may also win prizes for reading books. They may sign up at the library or online for the reading program. Sign up for the workshops begins May 25.
Planned workshops include:
• June 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., limit 10 — Grilling;
• June 15, 1-3 p.m., limit 12 — Learn to Sew;
• June 24, 1-3 p.m., limit 15 — Photography;
• June 29, 1-3 p.m., limit 10 — Jewelry Making;
• July 6, 1-3 p.m., limit 10 — Painting;
• July 13, 1-3 p.m., limit 12 — Cake Decorating.
For more information, call the library at 885-7000.
Published in The Messenger 5.18.10

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