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Summer Reading going strong at Centralia Public Library

Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at 7:41 pm

One of Centralia’s traditions is back and in full swing.

The Centralia  Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is introducing and reinforcing the joy of reading to  readers aged pre-school on  up this summer.

Over 300 readers are enrolled, said Amy Hopkins, library director.

Amanda Erisman reads to Centralia kindergartners

“We have also simplified the reading program by having punch cards instead of bingo boards like in years past,” Hopkins said. “This will encourage patrons to read more of what they enjoy instead of requiring them to read outside of their personal interests to fulfill a bingo card.”

Amanda Erisman will mark her one-year anniversary of Story Time programming this July.

She is no stranger to helping young people read. She spent 12 years as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher before spending the majority of her career as the Chance Elementary and Chester Boren Middle School librarian. “I really enjoy the opportunity to reach out to the children in the community and share the love of reading and stories with them.”

The summer reading program runs till the end July and includes events such as two visiting storytellers at Reclaimed Book and Bean, June 22 and “Dinos loose at the Library,” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 27, at the library.

To read full article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.