Children’s reading program begins in Sumiton

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 2/8/18

SUMITON — The Sumiton Public Library will be hosting a special story hour for young children from now through the end of May, thanks to a grant the library received.

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Children’s reading program begins in Sumiton

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SUMITON — The Sumiton Public Library will be hosting a special story hour for young children from now through the end of May, thanks to a grant the library received.

A story hour will be held each Thursday, from 2-3 p.m. for children ages 2-5 who are not in school or are homeschooled, and from 4-5 p.m. for school aged children ages 6 and up, at the library. The program began last Thursday and will take place each Thursday afternoon from now through May 31.

The program was funded through the Dollar General Youth Literacy grant. According to the Dollar General website, “Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading.”

The grant money can be used to implement new or expanding existing literacy programs; purchase new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives; and purchase books, materials or software for literacy programs.

Sumiton librarian Lori Jackson said the grant was written to allow the library to have a reading program that matched up a younger child with a high schooler who would read to them. During each story hour, a member of the Dora High School Beta Club will read to the children. The funds were also used to purchase additional books for the reading program.

According to Jackson, story hour for children ages 2-5 will focus on children’s storybooks. During the program for school aged children, they will attempt to complete a chapter book each month of the program.

Advanced registration isn’t required, but parents are asked to sign their children in upon arrival.

“We’re excited for the program and think it’ll be really beneficial and fun for the kids,” Jackson said.

The Sumiton Public Library is located at 416 State St., beside Sumiton City Hall. For more information, call 205-648-7451.