Janice Brownlee, director of the program, said, “It is vital that students stay engaged during the summer and continue to read. We are reaching out to the community to let them know about our daily program.
“We try to use a variety of activities to engage the students. We use short books that I call zippy books because they are quick reads. I find those are helpful during the summer when children aren’t as focused on doing academic activities. Sometimes I will start off with flash cards about a particular subject like animals. Then they read a book on their own that relates to the subject. I quiz the students afterward to see if they understand what the book is about. We also try to integrate some of the important concepts they are working on in school. S.T.E.M., which stands for science, technology, engineering and math, is one of those concepts they are encouraging in the curriculum now, so we read books and have classroom-style discussions on how it relates to science or engineering.”
The program is suggested for children in grades four through eight but Brownlee said she is willing to accept pre-K age children and older.
“As we all know literacy is still a problem. Teachers have so much to cover in a school day. There is a chunk of time for reading and comprehension but it is not enough. Another factor that affects literacy is that many children are constantly using technological devices like iPads and gaming devices, which is fine, but they still need to learn to read. As they get older, reading is an important part of life. Job applications require the ability to read. It is integral that students learn to read well. That is why we run the program and try to help as many kids as possible,” Brownlee said.
Located at 129 Aubrey St., Cartersville, in the Summer Hill Complex, the program is held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. It began June 9 and runs until July 25. The program is free to attendees.
Ann Robinson, member of the Bartow County Library Board and chair of the summer reading program, said, “We hold the program in Summer Hill for the kids who can’t get to the main public library. We provide a refresher for them so they can stay sharp over the summer.”
The Bartow County Library Board began in honor of W. R. Moore, the first African-American doctor in Cartersville. Moore established the first library in the area for African-American children.
“We want to continue Dr. Moore’s tradition and example of encouraging children toward reading and education,” Brownlee said.
For more information, call 770-606-8683.