Last week throughout Delta County elementary and middle schools, Ann Lincoln, who has performed magic, comedic feats and juggling since 1982, entertained students and encouraged participation in summer reading programs at libraries throughout the county. The school district's support of the assemblies and the libraries helped bring in Ann Lincoln to entertain and promote reading to the children.
The performance was met with oohs and aahs from all the students and teachers in the audience. The students' exuberance could not be contained as they laughed and cheered after each act. "It was great to see the students and teachers enjoy themselves while getting excited about reading," said Christel Pretorius, outreach and program manager for the Delta County Libraries. "The goal is to make reading fun. They need to be able to 'Dig Deeper' or get 'Beneath the Surface' to experience the exciting adventure that awaits them in a book." She was alluding to the themes of this year's summer reading programs.
Each library in the county will be participating in these programs and will offer prizes and contests all summer long, the grand prize being a package for the entire family worth over $1,000. "The entire community gets behind these programs," said library district director Annette Choszczyk, "We have received overwhelming support from hotels, salons, ranches, retailers and the like to offer incentives to get people reading."
The goal is to inspire the children to greater literacy aspirations this summer. In a three-year study conducted by the University of Tennessee that concluded in 2010, faculty member Richard Allington had this to say: "What we know is that children who do not read in the summer lose two to three months of reading development while kids who do read tend to gain a month of reading proficiency. This creates a three- to four-month gap every year. Every two or three years the kids who don't read in the summer fall a year behind the kids who do."
According to the School Library Journal, that can equate to an average of 52 Lexile points on standardized tests.
As Ann Lincoln performed her final trick, swallowing a ball of fire, the kids were enamored. They sat eyes wide open as the fire twinkled in their eyes. Maybe, with a little magic that twinkle will spark their imagination, igniting all the possibilities that await them in a book this summer.blog comments powered by Disqus