A new summer program at the Alta Community Library will provide fun, learning and a chance for kids to continue with the reading skills they have worked on throughout the school year.
Laura Turnquist has been hired to direct the program and is looking forward to the opportunity.
"This won't be a job - it will be fun to be involved and promote reading," she commented.
"Discover New Trails," is being offered to all students, pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Preregistration is recommended and order forms are available at the library. There is no charge for this program which will begin on Wednesday, June 30 at 10:30 a.m. in the library.
The first meeting will include a visit by a special guest - Lisa Meusburger of the Department of Natural Resources. The group will divide into two sections for the remainder of the program. Students going into grades four through six will meet on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. (with the exception of July 5 - a federal holiday. Students will meet on Tuesday, July 6.) Pre-kindergartners and students going into kindergarten through third grade are invited to the library on Wednesdays at 10:30. The program will conclude the last week of July.
Laura will begin each session by reading to the participants. Crafts, songs, games and even play acting (for the older students) will occur. Participants will keep track of their reading at home and be awarded prizes for receive prizes for their efforts. Students will be encouraged to read 90 minutes per week - some will most likely read less, some will read more. Prizes will be awarded each week. Some prizes include key chain compasses, collapsible cups, stickers, book marks and bouncy balls resembling rocks.
Each participant will also be given a bag to transport their books to and from home.
Students in grades four through six are also invited to take part in a book club. Those taking part will read the same books and go through a question and answer session when the book is finished - similar to the Reading Counts program they have taken part in during school.
Laura has been a teacher at Hanover Preschool and for the past three years has been an aid at the Alta elementary/middle school.
She and husband David have two daughters, Lesa, 11 and Katie, 9.