Summer Reading Program At MML Deemed A Success

Daily Globe Staff Reporter

SHELBY- Director of Marvin Memorial Library Kathy Webb discussed the success of Summer Reading and developments with the Shelby Foundation during Monday night’s regular Board of Trustees meeting.

Webb explained the Summer Reading Program had a total of 514 participants, ranging in different ages.

There were a total of 332 children who registered and 118 completed the program.

“For children ages two through kindergarten there were 111, grades one through three we had 146 and grades four through six there were 75. We had 52 teens and 131 adults who also participated. I would say we had a great year and a great turnout,” Webb said.

Webb explained there will be upcoming programs for children to participate in with the library throughout the month of August.

“On Mondays in August, Linda Shank will be in charge of the Children’s Garden. Some of the things they have done have been garden related such as painting flower pots. There will also be a Story Walk at the Blackfork Commons from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, Saturday, August 20, and Saturday, September 3. ,” Webb stated.

Adults will also have programs to participate in including Summer of the Undead movie series. Dates scheduled for movie showings are August 2 and August 10. The Book Vault will also hold a meeting on August 9 to discuss books by John Irving.

The Cookbook Club will be returning on September 13, along with the Book Discussion Group on September 14.

In meeting reports, Webb explained she had been in contact with President of The Shelby Foundation Carrie Kemerer.

“Carrie has met several times with Tim Tarvin and Paul Walker of Shelby City Schools.

She is trying to plan a Literacy Task Force and one thought they had was to hire a part time interventionist who would work with preschool aged children for kindergarten readiness,” Webb stated.

“One thing she shared was that 60 percent of the incoming kindergarten students at Auburn this past year, were not ready for kindergarten. It looks like we have a mission in our back yard.”

Webb continued and explained coordinated efforts are expected among the schools, the day care facilities, Marvin Memorial, Shelby Help Line, and The Shelby Foundation.

On July 29, staff training is scheduled to take place at the library. Webb said the purpose of the training was for the Shelby Police Department to present ALICE (how to respond to an active shooter). Training will take place for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The library will be closed from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and then will open until 8 p.m.

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