Library plans fun-filled summer reading program


June 26, 1998|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE MOUNT AIRY branch of the Carroll County public library has a fun-filled summer planned for young readers.

Its Summer Reading Club not only rewards children for their reading efforts, but introduces them to other activities offered at the library such as puppet shows, storytelling, crafts and music workshops.

Members of the club are invited to an end-of-summer celebration at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster. Admission is free, and crafts, games and face-painting will be available.

"It's really a fun afternoon and a great way to cap off the end of the summer for all of the kids who participate," says Maria Herrick, children's services supervisor at the library. "We had 875 children sign up the first week of the program, and we already have over 1,400 signed up."

"We had over 2,000 children last year, and we'd love to top that number this year by the end of the third week of the program if we can."

According to Dottie Haschert, library associate and volunteer coordinator for the library, 53 middle and high school student volunteers are helping children sign up, stamping reading cards and answering questions about the club.

Herrick noted that "studies in schools found that children who continue to read during the summer stay more on grade level when they go back to school the next year. Kids that don't lose some of those skills."

The club helps keep young readers interested and on-track by offering prizes for their efforts.

Jesse Smith, a South Carroll High School student volunteer at the library, showed the "coins, notebooks, rings, bookmarks, stickers, tattoos and little animals that kids can get when they bring in their reading card."

"They get a blue ribbon when they list their favorite books. They seem to really like it," Smith said.

When asked what they liked best about being student FTC volunteers for the club at Mount Airy, Theresa Pickett said, "Seeing little kids' faces just light up when they hear they can get a prize for reading."

And Amber Lipps said, "Dressing up in big animal costumes and being in another form that the little kids like and can relate to."

The program began June 8 and will end on Aug. 8, so there's still time to sign up. Information: 410-795-1010 or 301-283-5290.

Chicken barbecue

The United Methodist Men's Chicken BBQ will be held July 11 at Prospect United Methodist Church, 5923 Woodville Road in Mount Airy.

Chicken, baked beans, coleslaw or potato salad and a drink will be sold for $6.

According to Virginia Linton, a church member and Mount Airy resident, the barbecue will begin at 11 a.m. and will end at 6 p.m., or when the chicken is gone.

Crafts and baked goods will be available for purchase.

The United Methodist Men of the Prospect UM Church started the fund-raiser barbecues this year; this is the third one.

A hall next to the church will be open if people want to eat inside, and outside shelter will be provided.

Information: Rick Stine at 301-829-0143 or Ginny Linton at 301-829-0398.

Winfield Wildcats

The Winfield Wildcats are hoping to be in Lowell, Mass., the first week in August. That's when the Amateur Athletic Union regional baseball tournament will be held.

Coaches Brian Tiffany, Dave Jenkins and Bill Webb of the Winfield Wildcats are preparing their 13-year-old players for the qualifying tournaments that will determine if the Wildcats go to Lowell.

"The core of this team has played together since they were 9 years old," Tiffany said.

The Wildcats were the regular season champions in the Central Maryland Travel Division, and they play teams from Carroll, Howard and Baltimore counties. They are in the middle of two tournaments, both regional and qualifying.

Wildcat team members are:

Steven Tiffany, Jonnie Jenkins, Ryan Webb, Walter Pyzik, Shane Beccio, Eric Volmerhausen, Chris Bassler, Jason Engles, Corey Greene, Max Nickey, Steven Moore, and Will McEvoy.

The Wildcats will sponsor a 50-50 raffle at the Winfield Carnival in July and will help the Winfield firefighters at the funnel cake stand. The funds raised will be used to offset the cost of the trip to Massachusetts and to pay for uniforms, equipment and field expenses.

Tiffany said, "This group has really gotten stronger, and we're seeing a lot of good things with these kids. We've never traveled before, so this would be a big deal for them."

Information: 410-875-9858.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday the Carroll County edition of the Sun.

Pub Date: 6/26/98

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