Before the final bell rang for school year, students at Argyle Elementary School were already getting excited about summer reading.
In celebration of Children’s Book Week, Amanda Densmore, a children’s librarian with the Vinings Library, visited Argyle Elementary May 1 to promote the library’s summer reading program. Capturing the students’ attention, Densmore read a story to the kindergarten through third grade group.
Argyle third grader Amaya described the event as really fun. She really enjoyed hearing the librarian use different voices for each character as she read the Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander.
The students listened as the librarians talked about the summer reading program. Amaya thinks that it is cool that students earn different prizes when they visit the library and read books.
Amaya was especially excited to learn that summer reading participants have an opportunity to win a library box, which they can use to fill with books at the fall book sale.
Roshanda Wilson, Argyle media specialist, said the event drove home the importance of summer reading.
“This is just what our students needed to get them excited about continuing to read during the summer,” Wilson added. “A summer reading program is so important because it can help deter ‘summer slide’, which occurs when students lose the achievement gains that they made during the school year.”
Jennifer Murchie, Argyle academic coordinator, also organized a summer program for students. Argyle will be open during the summer for students to participate in literacy activities and small group instruction, led by teachers. In addition, librarians from the Vinings Library are planning to come to the school for story time and to give students an opportunity to check out available library books.