Library reading program helps
children learn all about bugs
By Barbara L. Sellers, Northwest Guardian
Published: 12:24PM July 24th, 2008
About 75 children dressed as butterflies, bees, beetles and ladybugs gathered at the Fort Lewis Grandstaff Memorial Library July 9 for a special “Bugs Around the World” event.
“The children who showed up in costume won a magnet that turns into a picture frame,” said Georgia Cartner, children’s specialist, Book Patch Children’s Library.
“I made myself into a green stink bug,” said Eric Stigler, 4, as he turned around to display the big green cardboard bug he had strapped to his back.
The children played bug Tic-Tac-Toe and bean-bag toss, made bug necklaces and queen-ant crowns, painted butterflies and made bugs out of pretzels, marshmallows and candy Twizzlers.
“The children especially enjoyed making bugs with the edible foods,” Cartner said.
Anna Harrington, one of seven volunteers who assisted with the event, said she volunteered mainly to help the younger children.
“Of course, it always looks good on a resume if you volunteer, but I really love working with kids,” she said. Yadiel Diaz, another volunteer, pointed to several charts on the wall.
“We put these charts up so the kids could learn more about the different kinds of bugs around the world,” he said. “We gave the kids a lot of information about various kinds of bugs and told them where they live.”
That event, however, was just one of many bug activities taking place at Fort Lewis libraries throughout the summer.
Crittenberger Memorial Library, located in Building 3271, recently reopened with new furniture and an improved design. During Crittenberger’s weekly story time, Mike Gregoire, husband of Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire, read “The Bugliest Bug” by Carol Diggory Shields to a group of children, July 10. The children attending the reading also received juice and free bug-shaped cookies.
“I have been all around the state to support the reading program,” said Gregoire, who read to third-graders at Clarkmoor Elementary School a few years ago.
“I read to 100 groups of children (since 2005) in all 39 counties in the state,” he said.
Although the library’s summer reading program ends Aug. 1, Cartner said it’s still not too late for children to sign up.
Pre-readers who listen to stories for at least 300 minutes and readers who record 600 minutes or more will be invited to a grand finale and recognition ceremony Aug. 6 at the Family Resource Center, Charlie Williams, the Noise Guy, will once again return to entertain the children.
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