News: New chapter unfolds for station residents, children during 2011 Summer Reading Program
Story by Lance Cpl. Charles Clark
IWAKUNI, Japan - Children, parents, station librarians and library technicians sat down and read books here July 11 as part of the 2011 Summer Reading Program.
The Summer Reading Program started June 29 and is scheduled to conclude August 3. It is focused on helping children and adults on station better themselves in reading by providing fun activities to participate in and different topics to read. Prizes will be given out to readers who complete different requirements depending on their age.
The Summer Reading Program was only open to children 4 to 12 last year.
“The Summer Reading Program is a great way to keep children reading while they are out of school,” said Jessica E. Ossiander, a station library technician. “After reading a few books over the summer, the children roll right into the new school year ready to read what they need to.”
Library technicians prepare activities for children during the Summer Reading Program and ensure children are comfortable with reading by reading to them during story time every Monday.
This year, station residents, 3-years-old to adults, can not only read, but have different requirements to win prizes, during the Summer Reading Program.
“I love reading about princesses,” said Natalie L. Medel, a 4-year-old at Monday’s story time. “The stories are magical. They are great.”
For children 3 to 12 years old to receive their first prize, they need to read or be read to for 25 hours. A reading log is given to keep track of every 15 minutes of reading. One page holds five hours of reading time.
To earn a chance at the grand prize, five reading logs must be completed and checked by the station library staff by Aug. 2.
The station library staff was pleasantly surprised by how many station residents participated in the Summer Reading Program, said Ossiander.
The real prize for the children is getting them use to how a book is read.
Teenagers 13 – 17 years old must read for 25 hours. They also have a reading log for every 15 minutes of reading.
Along with completing five reading logs, they must also volunteer with the station library during one of the “Midsummer Knights Read” events scheduled to be held every Wednesday until Aug. 3.
“We want everyone who participates in the Summer Reading Program to improve their reading with each book,” said Jim E. Harris, a station library technician.
The rules for adults differ from the children and teen’s rules.
Adults must read or listen to an audio book at least once a week.
They must write a book review, which will be submitted to the library during the Summer Reading Program. The book must come from the station library.
After each book is read or listened to, the adults can fill out a prize drawing form.
The deadlines for the book reviews are every Sunday before 5 p.m. until Aug. 7.
A grand prize drawing is slated to be held Aug. 10.
The station library also offers a Monday story time for children from 10 – 10:30 a.m., and an American Girl Book Club slated every Thursday during July from 3 – 4:30 p.m.
For more information about the “Midsummer Knights Read” Summer Reading Program, Monday story time or the American Girl Book Club, contact or visit the station library on the third floor of building 411.
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