Winter Reading Program Events in January at Handley Regional Library

Handley Regional Library’s Youth Services librarians will present an informational program for parents at Bowman Library on Tuesday evening, January 24 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Reading Together and being involved in what the kids are reading helps them in school while also reinforcing the joy of reading. And reading together doesn’t have to stop once the kids can read on their own. Reading anything—comics, poems, graphic novels, magazines, or books—out loud together is a great way to spend time with older kids and teens.

Many times knowing where to start is all that is needed. The regional system’s librarians will share books and reading techniques. Recommended book lists will be available for all ages of children (birth through teen). The librarians will share information also about the national program, Every Child Ready to Read.

Is there a hooting owl in the story? Does the child cry? Does the dog dance? Books offer opportunities to make animal sounds. Parents can imitate children’s voices and move the book and their bodies and feet.
Techniques for bringing stories alive through the use of expressive voices and music will certainly be part of the experience. Parents will leave with lots of ideas to put to use immediately—perhaps at bedtime—a great time for Reading Together.

And, don’t forget that during the Winter Reading Program young and new readers will have an opportunity to read to a good listener—a specially trained dog—and share a story. This Paws-for-Reading program will take place at both libraries in January.

  • Sat., January 14 & 28, 1-2:15 p.m. – Paws for Reading at Bowman Library– for young and new readers to meet with a good listener & share a story. Bowman Library
  • Mon, January 30, 3:30-5 p.m. – Paws for Reading at Handley Library – for young and new readers to meet with a good listener & share a story. Handley Library
  • A special opportunity for children will take place at Clarke County Library over a weekend in January.
  • Saturday, January 21 at 12:30 p.m. – Toy Sleep-over. Party for young children & their toys. Toys will sleep over, Clarke County Library Children’s Room. Toys can be picked up on the following Monday after 10 a.m.

Contact:    Donna Hughes, 540-869-9000 ext. 215