The 2009 Texas Reading Club theme is “Libraries; Deep in the Heart of Texas!” All of the programs this summer will focus on all things about Texas: famous Texans, Texas critters, Deep in Texas waters, dinosaurs and cowboys.
“The goals of the reading program re to encourage children and families to read for pleasure, to help children maintain and improve their reading skills and to establish reading as a foundation for academic success,” said Sharon Baugh, county librarian.
Several presenters have been scheduled for the weekly programs including the Aransas Wildlife Refuge, Fennessey Ranch, local cowboys and a magician show.
Programs are held every Wednesday at the library. The morning session from 10 to 11 a.m. is for children six to eight who are going into the first, second and third grades.
The afternoon session from 1 to 2 p.m. is for readers nine and up. Registration forms are available at the library. More information is available by calling the library at 526-2608 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
There are no book reports, no questions at the end of the chapter and lists of vocabulary words to define.
Children who are voluntary readers display improved reading comprehension, improved writing skills and enhanced vocabularies. Their spelling and grammatical control improve as well.
The positive relationship between voluntary reading and literacy development is remarkable consistent.