Thursday, July 2, 2009
Summer reading attendance triples
By SUE WATSON
Attendance at library summer reading programs is up all over the country this year, a byproduct of the recession, said Marshall County Librarian Diane Schule.
Attendance at the Marshall County libraries’ summer reading program is triple what it usually is, she said.
And library use is up in general. Libraries are a place to cool off under air conditioning, read the magazines, use a computer to do work or browse the Internet, and a place to search online and apply online for a job.
“Libraries are showing record attendance in everything - including just feet across the threshold,” Schule said. “There’s a body in each computer chair from the time we open to when we close.”
There are two more summer reading sessions for children and if children have missed all so far, they can still come to the last two. The theme this year is working with arts.
With the tripling of attendance, the library is having to order more supplies and to shift things around to accommodate groups of 30 children and sometimes up to a dozen parents who come along with their children, Schule said.
Summer reading offers many advantages to the family. Children meet new friends, enjoy some treats and prizes, hear the English language used correctly when being read to, practice handicrafts, make activity booklets, and most of all, maintain their reading skills during the summer vacation from school and continue to build their vocabulary.
Summer reading is at 2 p.m. each week on Tuesdays at the library in Byhalia, on Wednesdays at the library in Holly Springs, and on Thursdays at the library in Potts Camp.
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