Summer reading program seeks volunteers

BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. – While the kids are looking forward to the end of the school year and the freedom of summer, Burgettstown Community Library staff and volunteers are preparing for the summer reading program.

Plans are in the works for “Fizz, Boom, Read!”, the theme of this summer’s reading program. A variety of hands-on science programs are aimed at engaging children from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The program is designed to enhance children’s reading skills and science knowledge.

“Summer reading programs provide a unique opportunity for children to learn at their own pace without any added pressure,” Library Director Kristin Frazier said. “Reading even 20 minutes every day during the summer can help students significantly when they return to school in the fall.”

Children attending programs and completing a reading log provided by the library will be eligible to win prizes throughout the summer.

“The science theme is particularly exciting this year,” Library Board Vice President Jackie Pleska said. “We have a lot of ideas for programs that will be really fun for both kids and families.”

With attendance at each program expected to be 50 to 60 children, adult volunteers are needed.

“The ability of the library to provide successful children’s programming is directly related to the number of volunteers available,” Frazier said. “We have many exciting science experiments and activities planned, but to make everything run smooth, we will additional help.”

To fulfill that requirement, the library is seeking groups and organizations to adopt a date for summer reading. The group would help prepare materials and provide help a day of summer reading programming. The more groups involved, the more programs the library will be able to provide this summer.

“It is an opportunity to make a great impact for children this summer,” Pleska said. “This is an instance where your time is more valuable than a financial contribution.”

Summer reading will kick off with an “End of School” party in June.

Submissions for “The Science of Art” show will be accepted throughout June and weekly programs will begin in July.

In August, the library will host a science fair and Back to School Bash. All summer reading participants will be eligible to receive a free ticket to Library Night at the Washington Wild things in August.

For information or to register a group of volunteers, call (724) 947-9780.