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Summer Reading Highlights

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards $2,000.00 in grants to Awbrey Library

Roanoke, AL, May 12, 2016 - This morning, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded $2,000.00 in grants to support summer literacy programs to Awbrey Library.

“Consistent with our mission of Serving Others, we are excited to provide these organizations with funding to further literacy and education across the communities we call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “It is always so exciting to see the true and meaningful impact the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has on both children and adults looking to improve their lives through literacy.”

Recipients of today’s grant announcements plan to use Dollar General Literacy Foundation funds to support programs aimed at enhancing adult, family and summer literacy programs. Grants will be used to help promote childhood summer reading or help adults learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam or learn English.

“Grants like this make the Summer Reading Program not only possible, but also flourish,” said library director Margaret Calhoun. “These funds allow us to purchase new books, which keep children actively engaged all year long. The most important aspect of this program, it prevents the ‘Summer Slide,’ allowing children to stay ahead of the material presented at school. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is an active participant in Roanoke’s children succeeding academically.”

Library Concludes Summer Reading Program

The Annie L. Awbrey Public Library concluded their Annual Summer Reading Program on Thursday of last week.  A total of 1,053 books were read.  More than 115 children signed-up for the program.

The entertainment this year included a children’s concert by musician Mark Seymour of Be-At Your Best, a balloonist and storyteller Dewayne Reynolds, and a hula-hoop fitness class by illusionists from Hoops for Fitness.

The top reader this year was Macie Smith, from Wedowee. She read 103 chapter books during the five-week program, which is an impressive feat.  For her hard work, she received a bright yellow kayak and a Summer Reading tee-shirt.

Three children received top honors for their coloring skills. They were Lilly Kelley of the pre-k group, C’Niaya Phillips of the 5-8 year old group, and Alexis Johnson of the 9-12 year old group.  Three other children won top awards for the craftiness. They were Abel Higgins of the pre-k group, Lily Kate McKee of the 5-8 year old group, and Delaney Whiddon of the 9-12 year old group.  All of these children received a ‘swag’ bag full of children’s activity and reading books.

Two children won prizes for their guessing skills.  Logan Johnson guessed the correct number of golf tees in a jar.  Elyssa Kelley guessed the correct number of balls displayed in the library.  Each child won a beanbag chair courtesy of Southern Home Comfort.

The fun did not stop there.  As a final treat, the children were awarded a watery, fun play day that consisted of a 22 foot water slide, an 18 foot slip and slide, fresh watermelon, and drinks, all courtesy of the Summer Reading Program sponsors. 

Without the support of the community, our program would not be possible. Contributing organizations have our profuse thanks for their continued support of literacy and community.  This years Summer Reading Program sponsors were: Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Fort McClellan Credit Union, H & M Drugs, Superior Gas, Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Eucals Cutters, Emerging Home Care Pharmacy, Ken Seiffert Insurance, WM Grocery, Farmers Insurance, Bank of Wedowee, Traylor Retirement and Rehabilitation, Genesis Weight Clinic, Roanoke Rotary Club, Wedowee Building Supply, Southern Home Comfort, and McDonald’s.

Future programs for children this Summer include Free Movie Friday. We will be showing Zootopia, this Friday, July 1st, at 3:00 p.m.  Everyone is encouraged to visit the library and checkout a book.  In the end, the most important thing about our Summer Program is that is keeps the children’s reading skills sharp for the start of the next school year.

10 Ways to Avoid the Summer Slide

Learning shouldn’t stop just because school is out. In fact, stepping too far away from the books can result in a learning loss. However, research has shown that encouraging kids to read just six books, or 20 minutes a day, over the summer can help prevent the summer slide.

The key is finding ways to make reading fun, combining education and entertainment for an activity kids can truly enjoy, said Kate DiCamillo, a two-time Newbery Medal Award-winning author and the 2016 Collaborative Summer Library Program National Summer Reading Champion.

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty, but rather as a gift that emphasizes the fun of opening a new book and celebrating the satisfaction that comes from reading another story,” said DiCamillo, who is also the 2016-17 Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program literary partner.

Summer schedules can get busy, but with a little creativity it’s actually quite easy to fit in those 20 minutes a day, even when you have other activities planned.

  1. Take a book. The best way to get your kids reading is to have books available, so take them with you, whether it’s in the car, at the beach or waiting at the doctor’s office.
  2. Summer recharge. Plan ahead for a fun reading-related trip midway through the summer to reignite the love of books and reward kids for reading. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; the trip could simply be camping like a character in a favorite book.
  3. Explore hobbies. Reading is extra fun when the subject matter involves your favorite things. Look for books that match your kids’ personal interests, such as dinosaurs or gymnastics.
  4. Magazine madness. Plenty of popular kids magazines can be delivered to your home for an exciting surprise in the mailbox that makes an excellent reason to flip it open and start reading.  
  5. Road trip reading. A long car ride is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to enjoy an audiobook together. You can discuss the story over lunch breaks and fuel stops to engage even further with the book.
  6. Pen pals. Work with other parents to set up pen pals for the summer and have kids write letters back and forth to practice their reading and writing skills.
  7. Act it out. Encourage kids to gather some neighborhood friends and create a play based on a favorite book. This helps kids understand the characters and story lines by bringing them to life.
  8. Take direction. Ask kids to read the directions for a classic summer project, like setting up a tent or making a snack for a picnic. Whether they are directing you or doing it themselves, reading and understanding directions builds important skills.
  9. Head to the library. Most libraries offer fun and interactive summer reading programs for kids that include incentives, activities and structure to help get kids excited about reading all summer long.
  10. Tap into tech time. If you’ve committed to limiting screen time for the summer, consider a compromise that lets kids use devices for productive activities, such as reading e-books.

The sooner you start a habit of reading every day, the better your child will be prepared when school kicks off again.