New books for children are now on the shelves at the Yadkin County Public Library thanks to an annual literacy grant from the Yadkinville Rotary Club. Yadkinville Elementary School students visited the library on Friday in celebration of the grant and as part of the nationwide Read Across America program honoring Dr. Seuss.
Rotarian Linda King said the goal of the grant is to encourage reading for young people.
“We’re trying to get kids excited about books,” she said. During the celebration, Rotarians took turns reading age-appropriate selections to students in different grade levels.
“It’s a very rewarding and exciting experience because the kids get very excited about the books,” King said. “The books are so much fun. The writers are doing such a great job. I enjoy listening to them myself.”
Several Dr. Seuss favorites as well as newer titles like “Little Red Hot,” a variation on the familiar Little Red Riding Hood tale, “The Noon Balloon,” “Give up, Gecko,” “Secret Pizza Party” and others were read to the students.
“The Read Across America partnership with the Rotary Club of Yadkinville offers our students a wonderful opportunity to learn about new books they can come to the library and check out,” said Librarian Malinda Sells. “The children are always excited to see new books they’ve talked about in school.”
In addition to stories for young readers, a number of short chapter books for older elementary students were part of the grant.
“The literacy grant offers us a wonderful opportunity to improve our collection for our students,” said Sells. “The kids love to read series books and that’s our goal, to purchase new books in the series and to have new titles as they are published.”
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