William Floyd’s annual Teachers’ Story Corner Summer Reading Program has begun, featuring some of the district’s elementary school teachers reading their favorite books to preschool and school-aged children at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library each Wednesday night and Thursday morning through August 16.
The program, created six years ago, was formed with the intention of increasing and improving contact with children and their families over the summer. It is also designed to promote and offer literacy experiences for children entering school and for those who are already in school. Parents can meet with teachers and librarians to receive assistance regarding the location of books within the library and how to pick out developmentally-appropriate books and materials.
“I get a chance to talk with parents of incoming kindergarten students and new district residents and answer questions they may have about their new school,” said Wendy Gross, program founder and a kindergarten teacher at the William Floyd Learning Center, who also serves as a member of the Library Board of Trustees. “This program is also a great way for special education students to integrate with their typically developing peers.”
The program has been a tremendous success and continues to grow and reach more students each summer, averaging approximately 50-75 students per week. “I became a member of the library board six years ago with the goal of helping the community, which includes working closely with the library staff and school district to find ways to collaborate,” added Mrs. Gross.
Children of all ages are welcome to come and stay for one, a few or all of the stories. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not necessary.
William Floyd Teachers’ Story Corner Program remaining schedule:
Wednesday, July 11, 6-6:30 pm
Thursday, July 12, 10-11:30 am
Wednesday, July 18, 6-6:30 pm
Thursday, July 19, 10-11:30 am
Wednesday, July 25, 6-6:30 pm
Thursday, July 26, 10-11:30 am
Wednesday, August 1, 6-6:30 pm
Thursday, August 2, 10-11:30 am
Wednesday, August 8, 6-6:30 pm
Thursday, August 9, 10-11:30 am
Wednesday, August 15, 6-6:30 pm
Thursday, August 16, 10-11:30 am