RochesterJuly 11, 2012
Library to use grant for reading refresher program
By Mary Beth Almond
C & G Staff Writer
ROCHESTER — Early elementary school students can brush up on their reading skills at the Rochester Hills Public Library before school starts this fall.
The library recently received a $2,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation that will be used to fund a reading refresher program in August.
Jaclyn Miller, library youth department manager, said library staff heard about the grant program by word of mouth and decided to apply for the first time this year.
“We were extremely pleased to be chosen. Dollar General’s generosity this summer to several libraries has been outstanding,” she said.
Miller said reading skills tend to decline over the summer if students don’t practice.
“We hear so much about summer and students backsliding in reading skills, and we just want to give them a little time to practice so that when they go back to school in September, they are ready,” she said.
Children’s librarian Claire Poynter agreed.
“There’s all kinds of statistics about kids losing reading levels over the summer. They don’t have to do a lot over the summer to keep up their reading skills … but I always tell the kids who come in to redeem their summer reading prizes, ‘your teachers are going to know that you read this summer.’ It will make all the difference,” she said.
At most public libraries, Poynter said, parents come in during the summer looking for help with their kids’ reading skills so they’ll be ready for the next grade.
“It has been really lovely this summer to be able to tell parents we do have something for your kids. And it’s a really great program. It’s not something that we usually get to say. Usually, we are offering them a great list of books and some incentives for their summer reading, and now in addition to those things, we get to say, actually we do have a program specifically for that, which is a nice change of pace,” she said.
Miller said the program is a great opportunity to children going into first or second grade to work with trained volunteers for 45 minutes twice a week for four weeks to jump-start their reading skills.
“They’ll read to the volunteer, the volunteer will read back to them, they’ll do some writing activities, and hopefully that’s going to help them start strong again in the fall,” she said.
Students in the program will be reading books from a recommended title list, based on grade level, that Rochester Community Schools provided.
“We have a lot of really good suggested reading as a starting point, and then they can venture out from there if they want to,” she said.
Those interested in signing up for the program can fill out an application by visiting www.rhpl.org/youth before July 16.
“If we get 40 applications, then everybody is in,” Miller said. “If we get more applications than we have spots, then we’re going to do a lottery, and we will notify everyone that we are doing a lottery.”
The library, located at 500 Olde Towne Road, is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1-6 p.m. Sundays from September to June. For more information, call (248) 656-2900 or visit www.rhpl.org.
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