News: Station residents further reading skills
IWAKUNI, Japan — Station residents attended Potato Chip Day, part of the summer reading program, which took place inside the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni library here, June 27, 2012, to encourage children and adults aboard station to have an enjoyable afternoon while improving their reading skills.
“Every week during the summer, we have special events in the afternoon to celebrate our summer reading program,” said Stacey Kobe- Bellika, station library supervisory librarian. “It’s a Department of Defense-wide program, so every military installation library is doing the same program.”
The afternoon started with children answering trivia questions about potato chips and their history. After several questions, participants were split into two groups, those with a stronger reading ability began to practice for a theater project, while younger children read stories and performed actions from the book being read.
“We try to make the events we do fun in the hopes of bringing as many people as we can to come to the library and join our reading program,” said Kobe-Bellika. “With the reading program, people can earn prizes for reading during the summer, but the bigger goal for the program is to encourage kids to read over the summer.”
When the two groups reconvened, a potato chip tasting contest was put on for all who wished to attempt to guess the potato chip flavors.
“If kids don’t read over the summer, they’re at a big disadvantage for when they go back to school,” said Kobe-Bellika. “We want to do all we can to prepare the children who live here for a successful year in school.”
While the majority of summer reading program member are still in school, all ages are welcomed to participate.
“For this event, the whole family could come,” said Kobe-Bellika.
“And, for our summer reading program, anyone, from babies to adults, can participate. The events are more for kids, but adults can bring their kids and read during the events.”
While Potato Chip Day and other events bring children and their parents in with the hopes of gathering with other reading enthusiasts and having a fun afternoon, the true goal of such events will always be to provide an opportunity for station residents to further their pursuit of knowledge, said Kobe-Bellika.
“Reading is important, it helps your vocabulary, it helps your mind, it keeps your brain active, it just helps you to be a smarter and better person,” said Kobe-Bellika.
Date Posted:07.11.2012 09:19
Location:IWAKUNI, YAMAGUCHI, JP
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