By Lesley Parks
On July 7, the Edmondson Pike Branch of the Nashville Public Library was filled with parents, teachers and 60 enthusiastic children from Paragon Mills Elementary School for the kickoff of the NPT PBS KIDS Raising Readers Library Corner.
The NPT PBS Kids Raising Readers Library Corner at the Edmondson Pike Branch includes books, computer games and DVD clips centered on favorite PBS Kids shows characters. The corner will be open and available to the public during Library hours.
Funded by a Ready to Learn grant from the United States Department of Education, PBS Kids Raising Readers is a national literacy campaign focused on building reading centers at home, school and in the community. Nashville Public Television is one of 20 stations nationwide chosen to take part in the “Literacy 360” campaign. This campaign aims to build relationships with the larger community to promote children’s literacy, using media to help kids learn and love to read.
Kids Get Story Time, Activity Time, Computer Time and a Library Tour
After some morning reading time under the tents on the Library’s playground, the kids — preschoolers through 5th graders — were split into age groups and brought inside to rotate through four stations: story time, a library tour, computer games and an activity related to the PBS Kids show Word World.
A Paragon Mills teacher led story time, an interactive and lively occasion centered on popular children’s books such as Martha and Skits and I Saw an Ant in a Parking Lot. The library tour, led by Edmonson Pike Children’s Librarian Tori Ross, emphasized the new PBS KIDS Raising Readers Library Corner and the benefits of owning a library card. During computer time, kids were free to explore the PBSKids.org website. During game time, based on Word World, children were asked to identify whether or not words drawn out of a bag contained the word “ant.” If they were correct, participants would take a step forward. The first one to reach the opposite end of the room won the game.
Following the rotation, participants went back outside to enjoy ice cream provided by local radio station Jack FM, books from PBS and literacy kits from Volunteer USA.
“I liked when the teachers read to us in the park,” said Vene, a fifth grader who attended the event with her mom, 8-year-old sister, and one-year-old brother. “We’re all having fun reading books.”
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