Last updated: August 06. 2014 4:55AM - 349 Views
By Tanya Chilton tchilton@civitasmedia.com

Kids get in a few more days of computer fun time and reading before school begins at the Jonesville Public Library.
Kids get in a few more days of computer fun time and reading before school begins at the Jonesville Public Library.
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JONESVILLE — Librarians called the Jonesville Public Library summer reading program designed to prepare children for success by developing early language skills successful and recorded a reading tally of more than 69,000 minutes.

Jonesville Librarian Cynthia Allred said they had a great response in the program that ran from June 17 to July 29.

A digital program, started this summer through a Northwestern Regional Library grant, made for easier recording of readers’ progress and minutes and helped get parents involved, said Allred.

She said they were excited about being able to see how much their kids were reading.

Assistant Librarian Barbara Gilpin said they had about 55 registered online participants, ranging from birth to sixth grade.

Gilpin said another new aspect to the summer reading program in North Carolina was online registration.

“Some people probably chose to come to the programs but chose not to register online,” she said.

The Jonesville Public Library is one of 13 branches in a regional library system of Northwestern Regional Library. The NWRL encompasses all public libraries within the counties of Alleghany, Surry, Stokes and Yadkin.

Gilpin said each library is slightly different on how they handle programs and contests.

The Jonesville library implemented a unique point system where kids were awarded points for the amount of reading.

“Participants in our Summer Reading Contest earned prizes at every 100 level, with all participants who read 1,000 points receiving a trophy,” said Gilpin.

In addition, the assistant librarian said they had outside resources come in on Tuesdays with programs for all ages at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“We feel we have a very successful SRP 2014,” Gilpin concluded.

Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.

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