Archive for Thursday, February 1, 2001

Library program hopes to spark interest in Eudora’s young readers

February 1, 2001

Sometimes a good review is all that's needed to encourage someone to crack open a new book and flip through its pages. Eudora Public Library workers are hoping a new program will do just that especially for young readers.

Booktalk is offered through the Eudora Public Library. Library workers read children's books and give a review to children in grades three through eight. Children's librarian Linda Weeks and worker Crystal Hinman read from selected books and give a synopsis of their content.

Weeks said she hopes the program will spark interest in young readers.

"We're trying to get the juniors in the library into reading," she said. "We just wanted to tell them about the books. If we enjoyed them, maybe they will too."

Books selected for Booktalk have been awarded the Newbery Medal. The award is given annually to the best book for children 10 to 14 years of age, according to the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. Newbery Medal winners in the library include mysteries, fun books and books focusing on social issues.

Weeks said she wanted to show readers high-quality books were available locally. According to the response, the program appears to be working.

The library held its first Booktalk on Jan. 24. Twelve young people attended, Weeks said.

"(Participants) ended up checking a lot of them out that we talked about, which is great," she said. "Most of them hadn't heard of them or read them, so we're hoping we gave them some ideas of what we have here."

She said the library will host other Booktalk sessions, but it may only happen three or four times per year.

Interest in Booktalk will help expand the program in the future, Weeks said.

"Judging from the turnout, I would say we'll definitely try it again," she said. "What they need to do to find out about the next one is just check in with us."

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