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Children’s Book Week celebrated in schools, library

by Joyce Hollister, Staff Writer

All around the Valley, children were reading even more than usual this week.

“Once books for children did nothing but teach lessons. Every book had a moral. No child’s book was written simply to amuse the child or to be read just for pleasure,” said Douglas librarian Carol Rapacz.

Now, the third full week in November is celebrated in schools, libraries and communities as National Children’s Book Week. Special programs and displays emphasize the importance of reading.

The National Children’s Book Week with the theme, “Fuel for Your Mind,” was filled with activities at Scarselli Elementary School.

To kick off the celebration, students in the 1st and 2nd grades matched books to display items and 3rd-6th grade students completed a computer search game, according to reading specialist Cindi Supko.

“Mrs. Palmer’s Readin’ Cheetahs” (Betsy Palmer is principal of SES) read to their fellow students over the intercom, and all week DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read) was held at 2:40 p.m. DEAR means that students stop whatever they are engaged in and read a book for a specified time.

Students were able to take books from home to the library Monday through Wednesday and get a ticket to exchange for another book at the Book Exchange on Thursday at lunch.

Guest readers from the school district read to students in various classrooms all week.

At the Douglas County library, the week was observed with special Thanksgiving Bedtime Stories on Monday, and children were invited to share their favorite stories at the regular Preschool Storytime on Wednesday.

A children’s book swap, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will be held today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children may take a book from their bookshelves that they no longer read and receive two books in return. If the children don’t have enough books to swap, books will be sold for 10 to 25 cents, including paperbacks and hardbacks, picture books, novels, “Goosebumps,” “Boxcar Children,” “Baby-Sitters Club,” “Fear Street” and more.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle will make an appearance at 1 p.m. and do a short skit based on the books by Betty MacDonald.

For more information, contact the library at 1625 Library Lane, Minden; 782-9841.

At C.C. Meneley Elementary School on Wednesday evening, Children’s Book Week was celebrated with a special CCMES Family Night.

Cathy Hackler’s class performed a skit from “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster, and refreshments were served in the commons.