Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

Tri-Valley libraries aim to keep kids reading through summer

Tri-Valley libraries aim to keep kids reading through summer

The Mooresville Public Library will soon be abuzz with summer reading activities.

"The summer slide, or learning loss, that affects all students during the summer months contributes to the achievement gap and can hold students back from realizing their full potential", said Mayor Dan Horrigan. It's an informal program that pairs older kids with younger kids for one-on-one reading time.

Schools participating in the 2017 summer reading include last year's victor, MMS, Brawley Middle School, and eighth graders from Lakeshore Middle School, Mt. Mourne IB School, Pine Lake Preparatory's middle and upper school, as well as Mooresville, Lake Norman and South Iredell High Schools along with area homeschool groups. The Summer Reading Scheme is always popular, and we hope as many children as possible join in the fun'.

"Reading is very important", said Krystal Coleman.

Children's story time, which includes stories, a craft and coloring, is at 4 p.m.

"June 5 marks the day when kids can sign up and start reading for our summer reading program here at the library, but we want to encourage them to start reading this summer even before that", said Kathy Weeks-Wegner, community librarian.

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 past year.

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"This is geared for the middle school tween age", Hallauer said of the "board to death" club. Readers keep track of their reading time to earn prizes, books and coupons for local entertainment such as bowling, swimming and art classes. "You could just tell from the videos Jason brings that energy", said children's librarian Chuck Pieri, who helps organize Elkhart Public Library's summer activities.

On Fridays from June 16 to July 21, the library will welcome children, teens and families to its lunch bunch series. The storytime schedule is 6:30 p.m.

The theme for this summer's scheme - which PwC Isle of Man is sponsoring - is "Circus" and Family Library staff will be in schools after the TT holidays to promote it.

Children meeting the summer reading goals will be entered in drawings at each of the five locations for prizes like Amazon and Target gift cards, Minecraft Legos, Duplo Lego sets and more.

The sixth annual Local Author Showcase will take place on July 29 from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m.at the library.

June 20 - Native American Program, 10 a.m.: Chief Violet Hamilton of the Cher-O-Creek IntraTribal Indians will share stories and activities for the whole family. More information can be found on the Henderson County Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library's Facebook page.

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