What’s happening at the Eden Valley Area Library?
Now that Valley Daze is over, we’d like to thank those who helped us with the Book Sale, Dilly Bar Sale, Bake Sale and at the Coffee & Rolls Counter. We had a lot of fun and our volunteers made it even more special.
And on to the next celebration, the Fourth of July. Sandy Millerbernd points out that from 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence; with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. The library is displaying many history books to celebrate America’s independence.
Sharon Simmons wants to point out a common problem with summer vacation and those carefree students. Research shows that if children do not read over the summer, they may experience the Summer Slide. Their reading skills may decline or stagnate over the summer, and they will have a difficult time getting back up to speed when the school year begins. The library has a summer program called Summer Vacation Bingo, that will encourage your child to read in a fun way. Stop in and pick up a bingo card and get started! As a bingo row or column is completed, they may bring it in for a prize. There are many enjoyable reading activities on the card to help keep your child interested in reading this summer.
Our 2018 Reading Challenge has 12 participants with yearly reading goals ranging from six books to 150. Those who accepted the challenge wrote down some of their favorites and it’s always fun to see what other people enjoy reading. Marilyn Peterson loves anything written by Gary Paulsen. My favorite is My Life in Dog Years.” Nikki Donnay is partial to “The Lunar Chronicles” by Marissa Meyer. Jim Ellickson suggests “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, while Ellen loved “The Women in the Castle” by Jessica Shattuck. Pat Schlangen enjoyed the “Virgil Flowers” mysteries by John Sandford and Summer Wertish recommends the “Frostblood Trilogy” by Elly Blake. Keep checking on our Facebook page for more suggestions from some seriously dedicated readers. Come into the library to check out some of their favorites and judge for yourself.
Our littlest readers are also hard at it. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program continues to grow with approximately 26 participants. We have one industrious reader working toward 400 books while the youngest at 9 months achieved the 100-book level. Look over our board of achievers in the front window of the library. You can practically see those little minds growing.
Until next month, we’ll see you at the library.