By Shelly Maynard
Libraries are often thought of as quiet, almost reverend, places where whispering is a requirement. If you have spent any time at Moore County Library, it is frequently bursting with activity that is full of vibrant noises. Those noises are the result of the MCPL staff educating our children while allowing self-expression and fun!
The library is a year-round resource that all ages can utilize, but one of the most important times of the year is their Summer Reading Program. According to the School Library Journal, those who participate in a summer library program neutralize learning loss while out of school and show improvement in developed skills. Most kids improve comprehension, memory skills, and develop a deeper desire to read. It’s also been known to boost self-esteem.
“Summer Slide” is a devastating term that is affecting how our children are performing in school and life in general. Kids who are already struggling with reading can accumulate up to a two-year loss in reading achievement by missing out on one summer of education. MCPL plays a critical role in our community by boosting education and the health of entire community through the programs they have developed.
In June, a record-breaking 422 people attended and participate in over 40 activities at MCPL including in-person events and “Take & Make” activities that can be completed at home. A total of 1,346 books were checked out by adults and children with an additional 528 electronic and audiobooks downloaded. The best part? They are available for free at MCPL or by using programs such as Hoopla, Tennessee R.E.A.D.S, the Libby App, and more! Cheryl Eason, MCPL Director’s Assistant, reports that over 40 new library cards were issued in June and are continuing to grow through July.
Is your child a hands-on, interactive learner? MCPL creates Book N Bag Kits that feature books and toys/props to encourage imaginative play at home. There are ten available and new sets are constantly being circulated as they are checked out. The Take & Make Activity Bags vary by holiday/theme and encourage the development of fine motor skills by writing, coloring, and using scissors. The library is also home to over 100 board and card games that can be checked out for family game nights.
Kids are not the only ones who can benefit from the library. Adults have access to an assortment of resources for personal and professional skill-building, as well as The Brown Bag Book Club. The group is always welcome to new members who love to read! The Paint Space, added to MCPL earlier this year, is a big hit for groups up to 8 to release their inner artist. All the supplies are included, and the staff takes care of the clean-up. This is free, but reservations are required and only available on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 1:00-3:00 p.m., and 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Keeping up with the library’s assortment of activities is easy with an at-a-glance calendar. They are available online at http://moorecountypubliclibrary.com/index.html, on their Facebook page @MooreCountyPublicLibrary, or in print at the front desk.