Friday, June 28, 2013
By ADRIENNE CRISSMAN
The Poland library presented information about the summer reading program at Union Elementary School May 24.
Poland librarian Annette Ahrens visited the school to encourage students in grades kindergarten through fourth to “dig in to reading” this summer.
“There have been statistics that show how much reading skills students lose between school years,” said Ahrens.
The library will offer incentives for students to read this summer.
“This year we have backpacks and lunch bags with the library’s logo,” said Ahrens. “All the kids who read eight hours will get free admission to the Oh Wow! Science Center.”
Every child who reads just four hours will receive a paper back book for free.
“They just have to get to four hours and they receive a book,” said Ahrens.
Students who read 30 hours before July 29 will be invited to a special breakfast with featured-author Nick Bruel, author of the “Bad Kitty” books. The Poland library will also offer drawings for items such as an iPod Touch, Leapfrog Letter Factory or a magazine subscription and a library party for the winner and 10 friends.
Mike Masucci, principal of Union Elementary school, said it is vital for the students to keep reading.
“We spend so much time throughout the year learning that it’s important for the kids to continue throughout the summer,” said Massucci.
Ahrens said the library tries to making reading fun.
“Its not about forcing these kids to sit down and read a book – its about making it fun for them, however that can be,” said Ahrens.
Children can sign up for the program by visiting the library’s web site.