‘Funtastic’ reading plans underway
by Emanuel County Live | February 23, 2005 12:00 am
Libraries across the state are planning ahead for children and Vacation Reading Programs (VRP). Public librarians and professionals are dedicated to promoting literacy for Georgia’s children and families. The annual event this year is designed to bring children and families into public libraries to show them that reading is FUNtastic!
Franklin Memorial Library will host a Share-a-Rama Tuesday, March 8. Library employees from southeastern Georgia will converge here to share ideas about making the program fun and exciting. Theme this year is “FUNtastic Reading” and libraries are utilizing a circus motif and characters to promote the theme.
Donations from individuals and businesses provide the bulk of the funding for this annual program. The money is used to pay for entertainment and materials used during the six weeks. This entertainment is one of the ways the library staff creates a fun adventure for children, their parents and caregivers. In addition, Friends of the Library furnish pizza and drinks for the celebration at the end of the VRP.
During the summer of 2004, Franklin Memorial Library registered hundreds of children ages 3 to 12. These young people read over 7,500 books during the six-week period!
Letters have already been sent to past contributors to the VRP and some donors have responded positively. Any business or individual that would like to assist may send their tax-deductible contribution to Franklin Memorial Library, 331 West Main Street, Swainsboro, or visit the library in person.