Library to launch reading program

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Emme Burns, 4, left, laughs with her mother Kate Burns as they read the book 'How to Make Friends with a Ghost' on Tuesday at Braswell Memorial Library.


Staff Writer

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Braswell Memorial Library is launching its Winter Wonderland Reading Challenge on Saturday with a program designed to encourage reading activities and participation in library events during the coldest months of the year.

“This is a smaller, more relaxed version of our summer reading challenge,” said Melissa Corso, youth and school services librarian at Braswell Memorial Library. “Children in first through fifth grade will receive a bingo-style card with activities to fill in ranging from reading a certain type of books to attending an event at the library.”

The challenge kicks off at an event from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. Attendees will participate in a winter craft and get their reading record cards. Children who wish to begin participating after Saturday can pick up reading record cards at the youth services desk. 

The challenge will last until March 2. At that time, students who have met the goals will receive a winter wonderland-themed prize and a certificate of completion during a celebration event, Corso said.

The library traditionally holds a larger, more intensive reading challenge each summer. That reading challenge is open to patrons of all ages and focuses on encouraging participants to read a certain number of books to reach their reading goals.

Corso said library leaders feel the winter months are a good time to hold a scaled-back challenge.

“During the winter months, children generally spend more time indoors because of the weather and we want to encourage them to spend that time reading. This event helps keep the momentum of the summer reading challenge going and reminds families that the library offers events all year long,” Corso said.

The youth services department of the library has several other events planned for January. From 6 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 14, children ages 12 and under can participate in the Minecraft Create Club. This club is designed to allow children to explore the world of Minecraft, both inside and outside the game.

Children may also participate in a time of story telling and constellation viewing inside the Star Lab. This event will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 and again from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 29.

The library also offers Mother Goose Storytime at 10:30 a.m. each Monday for children birth to age three. Children ages three to five can participate in Preschool Storytime at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays. These events are held in the Youth Services Story Room.