Getting quality literature into the hands of children
is the goal of teachers and librarians. Getting them to
read it at home is their dream.
observance of National Library Week, April 13-19, two
groups will join forces this week to make that dream a
reality for 5,000 school children.
from Community In Schools of Carteret County, a nonprofit
group created to support public schools in a variety of
ways, and the Carteret County Public Library are teaming
up to give away 5,000 new books at the county's public
elementary and middle schools.
In Schools of Carteret County received more than 5,000
books this year from First Books, a nonprofit group that
provides disadvantaged children with new books. The books
provided the perfect opportunity to become part of the
celebration of National Library Week, which is a time
to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians
and library workers from schools, campuses and communities
ultimate goal is to get the kids excited about reading,
and not every child has their own books at home,"
said Sandy Giacobbi, executive director of Community in
Schools. "We saw this is a great way to get books
into kids' hands."
Giacobbi will travel to each school with Susan Simpson,
librarian for the Carteret County public library system,
to hand out books to children in grades pre-kindergarten
through eighth grade. Ms. Simpson will also use the opportunity
to promote the public library's summer reading programs.
theme of our summer reading program is Buggy for Books
and will stress insects, bugs and being bookworms,"
said Ms. Simpson. "I'll also be sharing about our
storytelling festival that will be going on in July."
well as regular summer reading programs, each Wednesday
in July the public library system will sponsor a professional
storyteller at two locations: The History Place in Morehead
City , 10 a.m.; and White Oak Elementary School in Cape
Carteret , 2 p.m.
Simpson said she was looking forward to handing out books
and promoting quality literature. Books range from Miracle
on 49th Street to Martin Luther King Jr.
lot of children come from families who can't afford new
books, and they can be expensive," she said. "For
children to have their own books to read is like having
a new friend. And hopefully they'll share their books
with their parents and siblings."
Simpson, assistant superintendent in charge of curriculum
and instruction for the county school system, said she
was grateful to the two groups for promoting reading in
such a unique way. She was also excited that Ms. Simpson
would promote the summer reading programs.
always looking for opportunities to get great literature
into our children's homes, and these are some great books,"
she said. "We're really pushing the summer reading
programs because during the school year they have access
to our libraries, but during the summer they don't have
that access at home. So it's great that we can give the
children books to take home to read."
Sound Elementary School librarian Meg Bradford sees this
week's event as an opportunity to get children excited
are always trying to instill the love of reading into
the children," she said. "This will give the
children that sense of ownership, and it will hopefully
keep them reading during the summer. It's important that
they read during the summer so they don't lose the skills
they learned during the school year."
next week's event will concentrate on public school libraries,
National Library Week is a time to celebrate all libraries,
according to Ms. Simpson.
Carteret County has a wealth of libraries," she said.
"There are four publicly funded libraries. Then there's
the Webb Library ( Morehead City ) that is not part of
our system but is still open to the public," she
said. "There's another library Down East, a library
at Carteret Community College , church libraries and what
I call academic libraries at places like Duke Marine Lab
and the UNC-Institute of Marine Sciences. This is just
a time to celebrate all libraries."
Ms. Simpson encouraged everyone to celebrate the week
by visiting their favorite library and taking advantage
of the variety of services.
offer a lot of services," she said. "We offer
traditional services to new and more modern services.
We provide resources in print, but also offer access to
computers and Web pages."
Giacobbi encouraged parents to celebrate the week by reading
with their children.
hope parents will find some time every day to read with
their children," she said. "It makes such a
difference in their self esteem and academics at school."
sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national
observance sponsored by the American Library Association.
more information, call Ms. Giacobbi, 726-1952, or Ms.