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Active Summer Reading Program

Cokeitha Gaddist
Healthy Lifestyles Columnist

The Colleton County Memorial Library has always been a great place for everyone and all ages to read and learn. During the summer the library offers a variety of programs for children, teens and adults to participate in.

However this summer the Reference Librarian for Young Adult Services Vicki Brown, has taken reading to a whole different level for teens in the Summer Reading program. Brown has creatively combined her love of teaching and interactive fun to make reading and learning exciting and physically active for teens participating in the Summer Reading Program.

Brown explained, “This year’s summer reading program fun extends far beyond reading, teens in the program are introduced to sports that are slightly different than the average teen’s experience”. The teens are learning about sports like croquet, archery, and badminton while learning new creative ways of playing familiar sports such as volleyball, kickball and even tag-of-war. Brown said, “The great thing about the summer reading program is that the teens are not just learning about the history of each sport, they actually get a chance to spend a few hours outside in the fresh air playing the sport and getting plenty of exercise”. Brown has been actively coordinating the program for the past three years. Because of the relationship Brown builds with each teen during the summer she is able to keep them connected and engaged in using the library throughout the school year as well.

Library Summer Teen Program participants: Top row: Orchid Taylor, Jamir Wiggins, Terreak Gadson, Filaua Legree, Antonio Rutledge, Keshawn Middleton and Vicki Brown. Bottom row: Cameron Doby, Raoul Gaie and Stephon Middleton. Photo by Cokeitha Gaddist.

The Summer Reading program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Because of the support and contributions from the Friends of the Library, Colleton County Memorial Library is one of the few remaining libraries who still offering a Summer Reading program for teens. The program is held twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. For more information about the Summer Reading Program contact Vicki Brown Vicki C. Brown at 843-549-5621 Ext.3.

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