FVRLibraries makes required summer reading programs more convenient, interactive and fun

An example of a somewhat different approach to getting students to engage in summer reading, the Storytelling Walk consisted of pages from a children’s book – “Bear Came Along” by Richard T. Morris – glued to small garden panels along a path that circled the playground in the park. As visitors walked the path, they could read each page and enjoy the illustrations at their own pace.

“People were interested, they were asking us in advance: ‘Where is the storywalk?’ said Rachel Ries, branch manager at Cascade Park.

Ries and other library staff set up tables with free books and goody bags, a travel routine they say has helped them access communities that are often unable to travel. at the physical library during the week.

“It’s more informal, we reach a different audience at these events,” Ries said.

“It shows the community what else our libraries have to offer and gives a much more hands-on approach, a lot of people can’t reach us sometimes,” added Bonnie Cobb, a library volunteer.

Community partners who helped organize movie night at Hearthwood that night said they, too, noticed that the children benefited from the alternative approach.

“That’s really cute,” said Sonia Courtney, an employee of HAPO Community Credit Union, one of the event’s sponsors. “It’s very involved. Sitting and reading is sometimes difficult for children. This allows them to run a little.

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