2013-06-13 / Front Page

Library Receives Literacy Grant

Summer reading program kicks off Friday
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
NEWS EDITOR


Fulton County Library Children’s Librarian Linda Burton, back left, received a warm welcome Tuesday at the Cardinal Glen Apartments Tuesday when she arrived for sign-up for the much-anticipated summer reading program. Joining Burton were children BJ, Javanti, Jady Lynn, Ralph and adults Emily and Ron. Fulton County Library Children’s Librarian Linda Burton, back left, received a warm welcome Tuesday at the Cardinal Glen Apartments Tuesday when she arrived for sign-up for the much-anticipated summer reading program. Joining Burton were children BJ, Javanti, Jady Lynn, Ralph and adults Emily and Ron. Preparations for the kickoff of the Fulton County Library’s summer reading program may be dwindling, but enthusiasm for the program by library officials and participants is reaching an all-time high.

On Monday, library director Jamie Brambley publicly announced the receipt of additional funding that will help “enhance and expand” the summer reading program overseen annually by children’s librarian Linda Burton.

The $3,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was penned by library officials to, in part, increase outreach efforts in several areas of the county for children in preschool through high school who may be a new reader, have a reading disability or are currently reading below grade level. As a result, Brambley told the “News” she has been busily perusing and ordering from new and old favorite book titles to help stock their new “read and return book locations.”

Brambley hopes to have at least 100 books at each of the locations to be established at Dott Store, Cardinal Glen Apartments and at the Fulton County Center for Families, which offers daycare for preschool and schoolage children.

The books will not require checking out by these young, aspiring bookworms and will display new identification stickers designating them as read-and-return books. Brambley says hopefully the library’s efforts will not only help to maintain and improve children’s reading skills over the summer months but also help foster a newfound love of reading.

In addition to the new readand return book locations, a book drop will also be placed at the Cardinal Glen Apartments in Ayr Township to provide residents with better access to library services.

Furthermore, programming is slated to be offered this summer at Fulton County Center for Families as well as at Needmore Bible Church, both library locations and at the Cardinal Glen apartments.

Additional funds from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant have also been earmarked for crafts and book giveaways used as reading incentives, Brambley said.

The summer reading program is slated to kick off this Friday, June 14, at 10 a.m. Musician, magician and juggler John Hadfield will be greeting children at the main library in McConnellsburg as part of this special occasion.

This year’s theme entitled “Dig Into Reading” exposes participants to the “wonders under our feet” from root vegetables and buried treasure to dinosaur bones and critters. Presenters during the months of June, July and August include, but are not limited to, fourth-grade teacher Herb Brambley, who will be presenting on red worms; Master Gardener Sheila Keebaugh on soil types and gardening; Fulton County Food Basket officials on root vegetables for kids; Joan Wertz, owner of Indian Caverns; Gene Niswander family on Native American Day; forest ranger Shawn Lynn on critters that burrow, dig and tunnel; and Mike Sgrignoli on dinosaurs.

Brambley emphasized the summer reading program is not just available to young and new readers but is also a good way for teens and adults to pass the summer months. Teens and adults can register for the reading program online at www.fultoncountylibrary.org.

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