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St. John summer reading program begins Monday

L’Observateur / June 8, 1998

School’s out until the fall, but summer fun is about to begin at the St. Johnthe Baptist Parish Library.

The library’s summer program titled “Wild About Reading” for pre- schoolers to 12-year-olds will begin June 8 and end July 31. Children mayregister to participate anytime after June 8.

For pre-schoolers to third-graders, sign up is available at any library branch. Upon signing up the participant will receive a “Wild AboutReading” booklog, bookmark and sticker. The child must read or have readto them 10 books and list the titles on the booklog. They must bring theirbooklog to the library to receive their official Reading Certificate and a pencil. Every additional 10 books marked on the booklog and counted at thelibrary will enter the child’s name in a drawing for the prizes at the end of the summer.

For fourth-graders and older, sign up is available at any library branch.

Upon signing up, the participant will receive a “Wild About Reading” booklog, bookmark and sticker. The youth must read 500 pages in one ormore books and list the titles and number of pages in each book on the booklog. They must bring their booklog to the library to receive theirofficial Reading Certificate and a pencil. Each additional 500 pagesmarked on your booklog and counted at the library will enter your name in a drawing for the prizes at the end of the summer.

Special programs include everything from story sessions, puzzles, games and a T-shirt transfer workshop to visits from the Nature Center van and numerous other activities.

Angela the Yarnspinner will tell African folktales during four special programs at the four branches of the library. On June 8 her morning showwill be at 10 a.m. at LaPlace Elementary followed by a 2 p.m. show at theGaryville library. At 10 a.m. on June 9 she will have a performance at theSt. John Parish Council on Aging Activity Center next door to the Edgardlibrary. Her final appearance will be at the Reserve library at 2 p.m.Native American folktales will be featured during Annette Greyhawk’s story sessions June 23-24 at the LaPlace library. Performances begin at10 a.m. There will also be a display of Indian artifacts and information atthe library that week.

The Louisiana Nature Center van will be at each branch of the library during the summer reading program and will feature animals native to Louisiana. There will be a limit of 35 children at each appearance. Signingup in advance is allowable. The van will visit the Edgard branch on June 17at 10 a.m., the Reserve branch at 10 a.m. on June 25, the Garyville branchJuly 6 at 2 p.m. and the LaPlace branch at 10 a.m. on July 14.Several members of the local quilting group will be giving a workshop on T-shirt transfers. The workshop is open to children ages 8-12. The first15 to pre-register will be shown how to make a T-shirt transfer.

Closing out the 1998 “Wild About Reading” Summer Reading Program will be four performances by Dianne and the Magic Suitcase. Miss Dianne willuse items pulled from her “magic suitcase” to transport you to other lands and enjoy their stories. Her first show is July 30 at 10 a.m. atLaPlace Elementary followed by a 2 p.m. show at the Garyville library. At10 a.m. July 31 she will be at the St. John Council on Aging ActivityCenter in Edgard followed by a 2 p.m. performance at the Reserve library.The library asks that parents not accompany their children in the storytime areas due to space limitations. This also encouragesindependence on the children’s’ part and enforces the idea that this is a program just for them. Parents are asked to remain in the library andselect books for themselves and their children. Most programs will lastapproximately 30 minutes. Once a story session has begun please do notinterrupt as this is very distracting to both the storyteller and the other children.

For more information about the “Wild About Reading” Summer Reading Program please contact the branch library nearest you. There areinformation sheets and a calendar of events available at the circulation desk at the library.

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