Wynnefield: Free Library Gears up for Summer Reading Programs

Work study student, Ashley Pitts, spent her day helping out at the front desk.
Work study student Ashley Pitts spent her day helping out at the front desk.

State budget cuts in education have forced schools to cut back on summer school programs. That could lead to many children with nothing to do.

But The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Wynnefield branch has geared up its summer programs just in time to counteract the lack of schooling available to children this summer.

Branch Manager Elizabeth Fitzgerald assisted a student with her computer game.

The library will launch a summer reading program starting June 18 in hopes to inspire children and teens to keep their minds sharp over the break. Children can expect to experience reading made fun with the program’s eight-week approach to literacy disguised by games, crafts and prizes.

Elizabeth Fitzgerald, branch manager, was excited to announce that for every 30 minutes a child reads they would receive a sticker, eventually leading to exciting prizes.

“I expect to be blown away by the amount of books that the kids read this summer,” Fitzgerald said.

The library also made sure to focus on teen programming this season. Starting July 1, teens in grades seven through 12 can begin their own special journey to literacy on a walk-in basis. Monday through Friday the library will offer popular activities such as movies, an Animanga Cafe for teens and a Hunger Games book club.

“We want to have it five days a week because these teens may not have any other place to go,” said Emily Ann Livingston, the adult/teen librarian. All camps, schools and other groups are urged to schedule visits ahead of time. You can call 215-685-0298 to book an appointment.

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