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Libraries across the parish are kicking off summer reading programs for pre-readers to 12th grade to encourage reading and public library use during the summer months.

This summer’s reading program “All Together Now” registration begins Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at the Opelousas Public Library. Anyone enrolled in the program may earn credits toward a reading certificate.

Children are encouraged to read at least ten books. Parents or individuals can assist children with handicaps or learning disabilities and pre-readers can enter the program as ‘Read to Me’ participants.

A reading certificate and other rewards will be presented at a special program on Friday, July 28th at the South Park Teen Center at 2pm.

The Library will also be hosting a Story Time and Activity Time for the months of June and July for children ages 2-6. Story times will take place on Tuesdays at 10am beginning June 6th through July 25th (closed for the 4th of July). The purpose of story time is to stimulate children’s imaginations and encourage children to respect each other and the storyteller.

Activity Time will take place on Thursdays at 10am starting on June 8th through July 20th. Parents must agree to the rules and register for story time and activity time to attend.

Reading Recommendations
Make reading fun with challenges or a game to help encourage and motivate them to read. A few ways to do this:

  • Make it a race! Kids are all about having fun and often enjoy a good race. Set a goal of 10-20 minutes per day (accordingly to your child’s age and reading level) then set a timer for them to start.
  • Keep a routine. Even during summer it’s important to maintain some type of structure to create a routine for kids. Make a routine of reading before bed or for a few minutes in the morning before watching tv.
  • Find something they like! The easiest way to motivate kids to read is by discovering books they will want to read and enjoy. Try a series based on a popular TV show they like. You can also utilize your library’s computers to pull up printable coloring sheets that go along with the books they are reading to color once they finish.

Look for these popular reads at your library:

Collection from Laura Joffe Numeroff books are well-received by kids! Titles include: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Mouse a Brownie, and If You Give a Moose a Muffin.
The Baby-Sitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin
Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine

When you stop by the Opelousas Public Library be sure to also check out the Black Bear Display and Wildlife Exhibit that is currently being showcased for a limited time. Don’t worry, this bear won’t bite!

The exhibit highlights current Wildlife and Fisheries projects such as the Get Out & Fish community fishing program, Black Bear management, Whooping Crane reintroduction and more!

Additional details on programs at the library may be coming soon as the summer progresses. For questions or more information contact Angela Zachery, Opelousas Library Director at 337-948-3693.

Additional Summer Reading Programs

The Armand J. Brinkhaus Community Library summer reading program registration kicked off this week on Tuesday May 30 and will remain open until June 12th to sign up. Patrons may register for summer reading and activities during library hours. The classes are small and fill up fast so call ahead to sign up.

Later this month, Reggie Harris will be coming to the Sunset Library for a Music and the Underground Railroad program on June 15th at 2pm. It will be an engaging concert of songs, stories, and narratives providing an understanding of the secrets and passion of this powerful era and an understanding of the use of song to communicate information during this time period in American History. The program is suitable for ages 10 and up. Please call or visit the library ahead to sign up for the program.

You can also head on over to Macaroni Kid Acadia-St. Landry to check out the full list of summer reading programs and activities taking place this summer.