2012-06-21 / Front Page

County Library Wants Kids To “Dream Big, READ”

Summer reading program under way
By Lindsay R. Mellott
STAFF WRITER


General Foolishness (aka Paul Hadfield) entertains more than 130 children and adults at the Fulton County Library’s kickoff for the summer reading program last Friday morning at the library in McConnellsburg. General Foolishness (aka Paul Hadfield) entertains more than 130 children and adults at the Fulton County Library’s kickoff for the summer reading program last Friday morning at the library in McConnellsburg. The Fulton County Library launched its summer reading program for kids last Friday morning with a visit from General Foolishness (aka Paul Hadfield), whose performance of music, slapstick comedy and circus skills kept his audience in stitches and got them involved in all the hilarity too.

General Foolishness’s appearance was a high-energy and fun start to the library’s nine-week summer program, “Dream Big, READ,” that includes events and activities for two age groups, birth up to 7 years old and ages 7 and up.

The younger readers meet once a week at one of three locations:

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., at Hustontown library branch; Wednesdays, 10 a.m., at Mc- Connellsburg library; and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at Needmore Bible Church.

Children’s librarian Linda Burton says that each weekly get-together has a topic with a guest speaker, a craft activity and a snack. Topics include night animals, astronomy, night-time snacks and bicycle safety.

New to the summer reading program this year, the 7-year-oldand up group meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. in the community room of the McConnellsburg library. Burton said she has put together programs for the older children that give them information about work or activities they might like to do some day. Some of the presenters include an EMT/firefighter, a race car driver, a writer and an illustrator. Tuesday evening programs also include a snack.

Some specially scheduled events will also take place during the summer reading program. They include a July 26 bingo for Books at the Needmore Firehall from 6:30 p.m until 8 p.m.; Whoooo’s at Cowans Gap, a program about owls, on July 27 at 2 p.m.; and a program about becoming the best you can be with county Commissioner Rodney McCray at the Needmore Bible Church Aug. 2 at 6 p.m.

On July 16 the Ahloe family will present to readers of all ages Legends and Dances of the Pacific in the community room at the Mc- Connellsburg library at 6:30 p.m. Burton says the Ahloe family per- formance is a “must see!”

Kids may attend as many events scheduled for their age group as they choose.

Throughout the summer program, the library encourages kids to read, read, and read some more, and log each book as it is finished. A book and a small prize will be given to those readers who turn in book logs at the end of the program. Kids who do not want to attend scheduled program activities can choose to just read books and complete a book log.

According to library Director Jamie Brambley, about 200 kids take part in the summer reading program each year. She estimates the cost of the popular program, including staff salaries, at between $4,000 and $5,000. That money, Brambley said, comes mostly from business and individual donations and library fundraisers.

For more details about the summer reading program, call the library at 717-485-5327.

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