WINNSBORO — Parents, grandparents and youth dug into summer reading on June 2 at the Fairfield County Library’s annual kickoff event.
From EMS demonstrations to 4-H display to autographed books by a local author, there were a variety of activities to entertain and educate from an environment conducive to reading.
Several young people volunteered to help with the event, including Omar and Marquez Pauling. The two boys have been helping for two to three years to set up tables and show books to younger children.
“It is fun to help kids to be better at reading (like people did for us),” said Marquez Pauling.
All children received goodie bags and the ice cream served was a real hit on a warm Saturday. Children registered for the library’s summer reading program and they were all given one free book to help get them started on their reading goals.
Librarian Sarah McMaster said she was pleased by the turnout and the variety of activities they offered. She said she hopes to see a good many of the youth who attended the event coming into the library at either the Winnsboro or the Ridgeway locations.
If students read for 10 hours per summer they are eligible to receive a medal for summer reading, provided they make four library visits over the summer. Those books can include reading for Accelerated Reader and Reading Counts tests. Now the library is a site where students can take those tests over the summer and then apply to scores to their school work in the fall.
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