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Rye Free Reading Room Gets Kids Active

RYE, N.Y. - Rye Free Reading Room has scheduled several free, creative events for children this summer.

In an effort to help students maintain their literacy skills from each school year to the next, the Rye Free Reading Room staff creates a theme mirroring New York State’s for each year’s selection of books. Preparations for book selections as well as performers for the program begin as early as January and February.

Conducted by Children’s Services Manager Donna Harvey, the staff’s goals are to merge the theme with the needs of customers. Focusing on children as young as kindergarten aged, this year’s theme is “Dream Big! Read!”

Specific activities range from signing up and getting books recorded, to movie nights and ice cream socials. Among the crafts workshops being offered is “Teen and Tween Calligraphy.”

“Even though there are times when it seems nobody is in [Rye] during the summer, there are always kids at the library,” said Kitty Little, the program director.

She said that having them at the library engaged in reading books is important to the staff.

“Whether it’s chapter books, mysteries, or graphic novels they choose, our hope is they’re finding entertainment, while being prepared to hit the ground running for the next school year,” Little said.

The kick-off event for this year’s program takes place on Friday at 3pm.

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