Written by Wendy Kaplan, email@example.com Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00
The conclusion of the popular Summer Reading Program at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library came on Sunday, August 11. This program has become a highlight of the summer for many of the district’s students and this year has been no exception. This year’s enrollment of 1,581 participants broke records with a new all-time high. There were 5,153 books read by the younger participants and 287,091 pages read by students entering Grades 5 through 12 and participating in a prize incentive program.
The Summer Reading Program offers something for all students at the library. This year’s theme was “Dig into Reading.” For infants, the Born to Read program aims to start the youngest participants on the path to a lifelong love of reading, encouraging parents to read to their children at home. For toddlers, a game board is used to record the journey of summer reading. School-age children are asked to read a book at home per week and report on it to one of the teen listeners stationed in the library’s Family Center. Students entering Grades 5 through 12 receive library money for their reading which they can use to purchase from a catalog of different items.This year’s exciting program began in June with the 4th annual carnival to kick off the fun. Thanks to beautiful weather, the 1,200 participants enjoyed a host of carnival games and activities. This was just the beginning of a summer of reading.
As in previous years, the schools in the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District competed against each other for the most Summer Reading Club participants. This year’s winner was Pasadena Elementary School, a title it has held for the past three years.
The purpose of the Summer Reading Rrogram is to serve as an incentive to students to continue reading throughout the summer. As Patricia Pollack, Head of the library’s Family Center commented, “As librarians we love to read and consider nurturing a love of reading in our young patrons to be one of our most important responsibilities. By offering them an attractive atmosphere with fun activities and incentives, we support this goal and keep them reading throughout the summer.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Elementary school students in Plainview wrapped up a home-and-home exchange with the New York Islanders after some players made an appearance on their turf.
Three of the team’s finest pro hockey stars answered questions and signed autographs for more than 150 kids between grades three and five in a Monday morning assembly at Kramer Lane Elementary School on Nov. 25. The visit came two weeks after the students’ chorus serenaded an Islanders home game under music teacher Jonathan Wibben’s direction.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:54
The Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community held their Annual Winter Safety Forum at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library recently, and as per the norm for this passionate civic organization, security and preparedness were indeed the name of the game.
Carol Meschkow, president of the Concerned Citizens, started the group 20 years ago originally as a two-week campaign; however, it soon took on a life of its own and is still going strong today, she said.