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Jackson Pollock-esque paint splatters, crafty penguins and ninja lessons are coming soon to your local library. Theyre all part of the countys efforts to get kids reading and thinking creatively outside school.
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will read, create, explore and discover through a new initiative called Every Reader Ready to Succeed. The curriculum will be aligned around the county, and a steady stream of events will be offered at most of the countys libraries.
Dale Cousins, manager of Cameron Village Library, said the program will complement whats being taught in schools and will help kids learn through reading as well as hands-on activities.
To learn more
Event schedules are available on the county’s website, www.wakegov.com/libraries/events, and below are locations and contact information for any questions about what’s going on at your library.
Cameron Village Regional, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh, 919-856-6710
North Regional, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh, 919-870-4000
Duraleigh Road Community, 5800 Duraleigh Road, Raleigh, 919-881-1344
Green Road Community, 4101 Green Road, Raleigh, 919-790-3200
Leesville Community, 5105 Country Trail, Raleigh, 919-571-6661
Richard B. Harrison Community, 1313 New Bern Ave., Raleigh, 919-856-5720
Southgate Community, 1601-14 Cross Link Road, Raleigh, 919-856-6598
Wake Forest Community, 400 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest, 919-554-8498
Were not formally educating anyone, Cousins said. But we want to reinforce what theyre learning while theyre in school. ... Its a great opportunity, so we hope people bring their kids and take advantage.
Regional libraries will offer two programs every week, and a different community group will get involved once a month to help teach kids. That could mean anything from a local theater group to therapy dogs for children to read to and play with.
One or two book discussions will be held weekly so kids can read along with a group leader. Large community libraries will have the same schedule without book discussions. Small community libraries will have one weekly program.
Benjie Hester is the director of youth services at the Cameron Village Regional Library. She is part of a group that developed the program during the past several months.
We really had a blank slate, so its been exciting, she said. Weve never done anything like this before.