NEWBERRY — Don’t put away those library cards just yet. Sign-ups begin today for the summer reading programs at Hal Kohn Memorial Library in Newberry. The program will run from June 10 until July 31 and involves fun ways to learn for a variety of ages.
Not only do programs such as this one generate interest in the library and books, but Librarian Sam Ziady said they help students keep up their reading and learning skills throughout the summer.
“Otherwise teachers have to play make-up when the students come back,” Ziady said. “It encourages reading to become a lifelong habit.”
Ziady said that teachers often have to play “make-up” when students return to school simply because they have lost all of that knowledge from the previous year in the few short months of summer. With programs such as this, children have a better way of retaining some of their skills they have built up in the classroom.
Jessica Toland, children’s librarian for the library, said they will have story time each Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for the Preschool Pals, which is for ages 2 through 5.
“We’ll have story time, sing songs, and make a craft,” Toland said.
On Tuesdays at 4 p.m., Toland said they will have what is called the ‘Tween Scene’ for ages 8 to 10. At that time, the tweens will have the opportunity to read with Toland, possibly make a craft, and to perform science experiments. The theme this year is science.
Thursdays at 4 p.m., there will be a time for ages 6 through 8. Similar to the other groups, they will have a game, craft, and read.
Almost every week, Toland said they have also lined up special performers for children of all ages. Toland said some are related to the science theme, while others are more for entertainment including a clown, and a performer with hula-hoops. The entertainers will be performing in the meeting room of the library, unlike the summer reading program which is held in the children’s section of the library.
The dates and times for performances are:
• June 13 at 3 p.m.
• June 19 at 3:30 p.m.
• June 27 at 3 p.m.
• July 11 at 3 p.m.
• July 18 at 3 p.m.
• July 25 at 3 p.m.
• Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. (end of summer party for all children)
The programs are free to the public. Those interested should sign up at the library, Toland said. Each child will keep a reading log throughout the summer, and when they reach a certain number, Toland said they will receive a prize.
After completing the summer program, children will also receive a medal, certificate and a prize.
“Children can lose so much material during summer break,” Toland said. “We need to keep them reading and interested in learning so they won’t have to start from scratch when they get back to school.”