Berryville Library kicks off Summer Reading Program

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Berryville 6th graders present a check for $1,651.70 to the Berryville Library for the library’s Summer Reading Program on Monday afternoon.
Photo by Tavi Ellis

The Berryville Public Library rocked out to kick off its Summer Reading Program, which spans from June 4 to July 27.

About 300 children are participating this year. As part of the program, children younger than first grade read between 4,000 and 5,000 books last year, said library director Julie Hall. Children older than first grade kept track of how much they read in hours and read for more than 5,000 hours last year, she said.

The program is also open to adults, and they make up about 100 of the participants, Hall said. The library’s goal is to have each person in the program read a minimum of 25 hours during the summer. Hall recommends that participants read 20 to 30 minutes a day.

At the program’s opening day on Monday, June 4, Berryville sixth-graders presented the library with a check for $1,651.70.

The sixth graders raised the money by selling fruit snacks during every seventh period, doing a pie-in-the-face competition and other fundraising efforts, said sixth-grader Hector Santamaria. They also gave presentations to other classes on why the city needs a bigger library.

“It’s just a tiny little place,” Santamaria said.

Sixth-grader Pamela Mendez said it felt nice to help the library by raising money.

The money will go toward supplies for the summer reading program and will also pay for performances from groups like mömandpöp, who played at the opening celebration.

Married couple Virginia Ralph and Bobby Matthews make up mömandpöp’s duo. Both Ralph and Matthews donned red at the performance. They sang, danced and told jokes at the library. For one song, Ralph and Matthews jumped up and down with the kids and sang “Libraries rock,” which is the theme of this year’s summer reading program.

The library will have additional performances throughout the summer, Hall said.

“Everything at the library is always free, so anybody can come,” she said.

In addition to the summer reading program, the library has programs including a robotics club and teen-only programs on Fridays this summer. Hall said she thinks the summer reading program is important to help children keep up their reading skills during the summer break.

“Reading is very important. It is the foundation of learning,” Hall said.

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