The White Sands Library was the place to be June 18 as the library kicked off its annual Summer Reading Program with an opening party.
Roughly forty WSMR community members, volunteers, and of course summer readers officially registered for the Summer Reading Program. Participants enjoyed picking out books, decorating grab bag items, and dancing games using the Xbox Kinect. The program offers three reading levels for different age and ability groups. Post librarian Colin O’Hanlon was astonished at the amount of volunteers that are helping with this year’s Summer Reading Program.
“I see members of our community truly invested here at White Sands and I am so proud to be a part of this community and thankful to our volunteers.”
Studies have shown that reading during summer vacation can prevent students from losing up to two months of learning. The White Sand’s library wants to help out youth enjoy their summer reading. Karyn Meyers, head volunteer coordinator of this year’s Summer Reading Program said she sees summer reading as a chance to discover that reading and learning can be fun. The summer program lasts six weeks with a designated minutes per day, as well as overall minutes read goal. If the summer reader reaches their overall goal of total minutes read, then they will be eligible for the grand prize drawings at the award ceremony/closing party. Grand prizes include books, sports equipment, and two Kindles! Registration remains open throughout length of the reading program so if you missed out, stop by the library to register. Regularly scheduled storytime, crafts, games, and weekly raffles are held Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the Post Library. Those who are interested in the program or for more details stop by the Library at the Professional Development Building 465 or call (575) 678-5820.