Victoria Advocate article and photos by Shannon Millard
The Victoria Public Library is a place for young students on break to spend their summer diving into a new book and bonding with family and friends over crafts and free events.
The eight-week-long Wild About Reading 2014 summer reading program encourages children up to fifth grade to read for prizes.
“I think it is great; it encourages kids to continue reading over the summer. It also gets the kids comfortable with the library and have fun around books while meeting new people,” said Katie Hodgdon, 26, the children’s librarian at the Victoria Public Library.
More than 200 children are participating in the program, Hodgdon said. They get to mark off a square on their treasure map-themed sheet after 20 minutes of reading. Different prizes correspond to how many boxes are marked off.
Jachin Kingsbury, 3, received a toy ice cream cone with a foam top that shoots off when he pushes a button and a gift certificate to Chick-fil-A after coloring in five squares.
It is his fist time doing the reading program that started in the mid-1970s, said his mother, Natalie Kingsbury.
The family craft, endless marble painting, was a creative way for children and parents to watch water; sparkles and paint mix together to make a patterned work of art in a zip-close bag.
“Mine turned brown,” said 4-year-old Cadence Rinald, of Victoria, after mushing around the bag.
Cadence came to the library with her mother, Lauren Rinald, 23, and brother, Caleb Rinald, 2, to pick up a new batch of books to read during the week.
“We have been coming here every week for the kids events. Then we pick out books to read during the week,” said Lauren Rinald.
The different events vary from puppet shows, hands-on crafts, Lego play, movies and more all throughout the summer.