Brownfield Library invites youth to 'dig into reading'
Children and teens are invited to tour the United States with the Brownfield Community Library of Dawson this summer.
“We provide them with experiences and ways to explore other places to peak their interest in reading that can last a lifetime,” said program volunteer Loretta Williams.
Students who attend the library's free summer reading program, titled “Dig into Reading,” will virtually tour several states with their minds from 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 22 to 26.
“We will start with Pennsylvania then West Virginia, Texas then possibly California or Florida, then we will end in Hawaii. We are going to learn something about each state,” said program coordinator Dottie Davis.
Davis said speaker Charles Redman will be bringing different fungi found in Pennsylvania for students to learn about one day and will be bringing a variety of insects found in Texas for show and tell another.
Children will also get to participate in experiments, enjoy story time and crafts as well as playtime.
Williams, of Dawson, said she will be transporting several neighborhood children, as well as relatives, to the week-long program.
“Literacy is the most important thing we can have. If you can't read, you won't be successful, and to get these children in there and reading is important for them and their success,” Williams said.
Library Director Lucinda Vinoski said a new addition this year is the free summer lunch program, which will take place immediately following the reading program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“If we get enough students, the free lunch program will be perpetuated all through the rest of the summer,” Vinoski said.
The lunch program is free to children up to 18 years of age. Vinoski said all children must be supervised by a parent. Parents can purchase lunch for $3.
“This is through the National School Lunch Program, so it is a balanced diet, and they are wholesome meals that are geared toward foods children like,” she said.
Vinoski said that while the food program is open to all children, not just those who participate in the summer reading program, the pairing of the two programs is a good fit.
“I like to think of it as feeding the body, mind and the soul. They get a balanced diet, they get to socialize and they can utilize all of the resources at the library,” she said.
Participants for both the lunch program and the reading program must register in advance by July 15 by calling Vinoski at 724-529-7668 or the library on Tuesday evenings at 724-529-7680.
Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer.