Students using their summer breaks to read

Although school is about to start yet again, there are plenty of students that didn’t take the summer off. The Summer reading programs and Pizza and Paperbacks programs are wrapping up at both the Selbyville and Frankford Public Libraries.

On Tuesday of this week, the teen book discussion, Pizza and Paperbacks, met for the third and final time this summer at Frankford Public Library. The library provided the pizza and drinks and about a dozen teens came for the discussion, the fifth year in a row they have been doing so. This week’s discussion was Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. This summer they also read Will Hobbs’ Wild Man Island and Carl Hiasson’s Flush.

“We had a good turnout,” said Ms. Cindy Givens, a librarian at Frankford. “And this is not school-related, they volunteer to come.”

The students, Derrick Wimbrow, Marisa Michelle Lynch, Lauren Lynch, Billy Murray, Emily Bergman, Samanatha Bergman, Tasha Esham, Taite Daisey, Rainy Rojas, Megan Aliberti and Dustin Aliberti, Stephen Sharp, and Aline Guzman, are all at least in sixth grade and go up through entering 11th grade. One of the students, Emily, has been coming all five years and many have been coming for more than one. Most are Frankford residents, “walkers,” some live close enough to ride bikes and a few live outside of town in nearby areas.

Guzman added she comes because she “loves to read!” and Sharp said for him, it was the “social aspect and the pizza!” with a laugh.
On Thurs. Aug. 13, the last summer reading program will be held at the fire house in Frankford. There is a performance first and then the children who have completed their logs with at least 10 hours of reading get their prizes.

Also, reading logs are due at the Selbyville Library this week and then they will have their final party for those that completed the program Aug. 14. On Aug. 12, there is an open book discussion for grades 5-8 to discuss their favorite book. Grottos will be providing free pizza and registration is required.

Weekly tot time in Selbyville is at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and craft time is Tuesdays at 4 p.m. through the month of August. After that there will be a short break and tot time and craft time will resume the week of Sept. 15. Tot time in Frankford will resume the Tuesday after Labor Day at 10 a.m. (in Frankford, they take the summer off).

The Summer Reading program is for children ages 2-12 and Pizza and Paperbacks concentrates on older middle and high-school age students. Although not all fun and games, the summer reading programs still tries to keep kids interested with special events and happenings.

“Last week we had two players from the shorebirds along with Sherman, the kids got pictures, two free tickets and autographs. This week on Aug 7 we have Full Effect Productions coming, the performer Steven has performed at our library at least five other times in recent years, we love his shows!” said Terra Hudson, children’s librarian at Selbyville.

“The Pubic Library Summer Reading Program is a fun way to include reading and related activities into summer family time,” she continued. “It helps children maintain and improve reading skills,” she continued.