“Wild About Reading” Event Gets Kids Hooked on Books

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April 27, 2010, Pelham, New York  As the early release bells sent kids home for a school-free afternoon, over 50 kindergarten-third graders quickly filed back to Prospect Hill for the Junior League of Pelham’s “Wild About Reading” literacy event.  Nora Maher and Erin Lee Kelly from Storytime Stage performedWhere the Wild ThingsAreand other related folktales and stories. The kids, donned in crowns they decorated, roared, jumped and sang to the performance. Afterward, the kids decorated their own tote bags and bookmarks and enjoyed a snack.  Many children brought a gently used book, which they swapped for a different book they were able to take home. Lilly Hecker, the Children’s Librarian from the Pelham Library, shared information about upcoming programs at the Library. Parents, caregivers and the children who did not have library cards were able to sign up for one. “This event was a great way to create enthusiasm for reading,” said Project Co-Chair, Aisling Bier.  “It was wonderful to see a classic story come to life, and the children transform into “wild things” alongside Nora and Erin. We are so appreciative of the work of the Library Partners Committee and the energetic participants who made this event such a success.”You can continue to encourage a love of reading in Pelham by bringing your small children to the Library’s weekly story time, staffed by volunteers from the JLP, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30am.The Junior League of Pelham is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Please visit www.jlpelham.org for more information. Children decorated “wild” crowns, bookmarks and book totes Erin Lee Kelly from Storytime Stage performing “Where The Wild Things Are”