We all know the importance of reading cannot be underestimated. The role of the public library is to try and instill a love of reading in children as early as possible. We know that reading for pleasure can improve a child’s education, social and cognitive development, their wellbeing, and their mental health. Your neighborhood Bienville Parish Library wants all of those things for our children and adults in Bienville Parish! In an effort to find additional ways to keep children motivated to read at home, the Bienville Parish Library has a great program for children (and adults). It’s called, “Adopt-a-READING-Buddy” and it’s an exceptional way to help kids stay motivated to read at home during the summer! This program dovetails perfectly with the Summer Reading Program and other summer reading challenges from school and homeschool curriculum.
HOW IT WORKS:
Children start by selecting their “buddy” and the librarian helps fill out an official and totally adorable “adoption paperwork” with the final step being a photograph of the new reading pair. Once the application is accepted, children begin reading to their “buddy”. In addition to reading, children are encouraged to discuss with their buddy, draw and/or write about what they have read in a variety of different ways.
If your child, or you would like to adopt a buddy while “pets” are still available, drop by your neighborhood Bienville Parish Library and ask about the “Adopt-a-READING-Buddy” program.
Pictured is Pafford Ambulance EMT, Eileen Murphy with her “listening” buddy “Jump-shot the Giraffe”. When they are traveling back and forth to work and have downtime between emergency calls, Ms. Murphy and “Jump-shot” listen to audiobooks they’ve checked out from their library. They want to encourage children and adults to read more and utilize all the resources available at their neighborhood library!
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