Public library becomes laboratory of reading

Jun. 09, 2014 @ 02:24 PM

“Fizz Boom Read” is this year’s theme for the Summer Reading Program for kids at the Caldwell County Public Library.

On Saturday, kids and their parents came out for the Children’s Summer Reading Program Kick-off at the Lenoir branch for games, prizes, crafts and to pick up their reading log sheet. A pathway like that of a children’s board game is on the sheet and for every five spaces is a block with a robot inside. Each block represents an hour, and when a child gets to the fifth block with the robot they can pick up an age-appropriate prize bag at their library branch, said Terri Perkins, youth services assistant at the Lenoir branch.

For the kick-off, the library provided two hours of games and crafts. Kids danced around in a circle as part of the “Cake Walk.” While music played, they moved from numbered space to numbered space and when the music stopped, they stood still on whatever number they landed on. If that number was called out by the game’s host, they received a Little Debbie cake. The children were also excited about a science-themed bingo where they filled up their squares with smooth, colored pebbles for objects like garden gnome, carrots and watering can. If they got bingo, they could pick a prize from a table covered in books, Harry Potter glasses, stickers and coloring books.

Nine-year-old Locke Riddle was excited to start reading for the summer. He said he loves “everything” there is about reading and his favorite book is “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

“It takes you on a journey,” Riddle said.

Riddle added that he would have no problem reading 30 hours, which is the most children can read for prizes, this summer.

Kendyl Sigman was more interested in the other activities like using a plastic knife to cut open seeds and taking a magnifying glass to examine the inside close up.

“I hope I can find some bean treasure,” Sigman said, diving into a big, flat bean with her plastic knife.

Sigman cannot read yet, she said, but she enjoys having her mother read to her.

Other activities included coloring and gluing together a noisemaker, tossing beanbags and creating an ocean-in-a-bottle with food dye, shells, water and oil.

The Summer Reading Program allows children to win prizes by reading or listening to their parents read them books. Children have until Aug. 2 to turn in their logs for prizes.