Archive for Thursday, May 31, 2001

Library flips pages with reading program

May 31, 2001

Eudora elementary and junior high school students can take a summer road trip without leaving the city limits.

Students will not have to pay a fare for this road trip, but elementary students will be required to read 20 books, and young adults must read eight books, or 800 pages.

The Eudora Public Library will begin its 2001 Summer Reading Program, Reading Road Trip U.S.A., June 4 with a kick-off party at City Hall. The opening event will feature juggler and comedian Bryan Wendling. There will also be snacks and door prizes such as water bottles, T-shirts and stickers. Enrollment for the program begins June 4 at the library. Every child who registers will receive a book bag, pencil and temporary tattoo.

Children's librarian Linda Weeks said the summer program should be both fun and educational for students on summer vacation. Weeks added that she would like to see more students complete the program; last year, 170 students enrolled, but only 97 completed the program.

"They can keep their skills sharp by reading, and hopefully they will have fun, too," Weeks said.

Two interesting children's programs will be available at the library this summer. Poet Steve Rideout will perform some of his work and discuss his book "Don't Go Up a Windmill" at 6 p.m. June 28. Students will get the chance to learn about the outdoors during Operation Wildlife at 1:30 p.m., July 11. Four owls will be on display during the program, which will also feature a presentation about owls' hunting habits and other characteristics.

Weeks scheduled a Booktalk session for students entering grades three through eight. The program will consist of a discussion about a book and an outdoor lunch. Weeks said she thinks it is essential to have a discussion about the books the students read over the summer.

"We try to review books with them and give them an idea of what we have here (at the library) and hopefully, give them the incentive to read it," Weeks said. The Booktalk session will take place at 11:30 a.m., June 12.

Weeks also planned two "Activity Days" at the library. These two events will take place 1-3 p.m., June 20 and 1-3 p.m., July 25. The young readers will have the chance to make a craft, play games such as hula hoop and ring toss and make an activity sheet.

Weeks said she hopes that these summer programs help remind students about the importance and excitement of reading a book.

"Kids sometimes forget we have all this great information in books, and they forget how exciting reading can be," Weeks said. "I think the Booktalks reinforce how exciting reading is."

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