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  • 'Dream Big' at Ilion Library

  • Children are being encouraged to “dream big” this summer as libraries throughout the valley participate in a statewide reading program.



    The theme for the 2012 New York State Senate Summer Reading Program is “Dream Big, Read!” This program encourages children to read during their summer break from school.

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  • Children are being encouraged to “dream big” this summer as libraries throughout the valley participate in a statewide reading program.
    The theme for the 2012 New York State Senate Summer Reading Program is “Dream Big, Read!” This program encourages children to read during their summer break from school.
    “The summer reading program allows families to share the joy and importance of reading as well as having the opportunity to explore new experiences and subjects,” said Thomasine Jennings, library director, on Tuesday.
    “If children read over the summer, they are less likely to lose the ground they made during the school year and even have the opportunity to increase their reading skills and comprehension,” she said.
    Children participating in the program will keep track of the number of books they read throughout the summer. Nancy Stowell, the children’s librarian at Frank J. Basloe Library in Herkimer, said for example the children there will receive a sticker for finishing reading a book. They will also receive a bead to add to a lanyard (necklace) as they read more books.
    Both Ilion and Basloe libraries kicked-off their program on Tuesday with a performance by Robert Rivest, a mime who performed his program “A to Z Literacy.”
    Rivest told the group of about 50 children at the Ilion Knights of Columbus on Tuesday afternoon that opening a book “so often seems so real.” He said kids can imagine themselves in a book, and he then mimed out being in the freezing cold and riding on a camel. Rivest had both children and adults laughing as he acted out the letters of the alphabet and told his own stories through his miming.
    For more information, go to www.nyread.com. For more information about which libraries are participating and what summer reading events they have coming up, go to www.midyork.or

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