Summer reading club kickoff party
The Four Fathers Memorial Library held its TD Summer Reading Club kickoff party.
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Rachel Gamblin helps Fraser Holen play Super Mario Bros. on one computer while Devon Osborne and Davan Benson play the piano with bananas during the Four Fathers Memorial Library’s TD Summer Reading Club kickoff party.
AMHERST – Who knew you could play the piano with a banana or play Super Mario Bros. with a pencil.
It was just one of many activities children were participating in during the Four Fathers Memorial Library TD Summer Reading Club.
“That’s not something I thought I could do,” Devan Benson said as she touched bananas that were hooked up through electrodes to a laptop on which a piano-playing program was running.
Following a colour-coded sheet, Benson was able to touch the bananas to play a song on the laptop, while one station over Fraser Holden and Devon Osborne were using the graphite from a pencil to control Mario on another laptop.
Rachel Gamblin said the games taught the participants about conducting electricity. The water that’s in the bananas conducts electricity as does the graphite that’s in the end of a pencil.
It was all part of the library’s theme Makey Makey in which participants went to different stations to make everything from Lego creations to origami Yodas, Princess Leias and Darth Vaders.
Using a rainbow loom, they were also able to make light sabres, while others worked on a mural.
Deputy chief librarian Chantelle Taylor said the day was all about making things and learning something new. She said there will be programs every Thursday during the summer at the Four Fathers Memorial Library, including Twist and Sprout on July 3, Mad Science on July 10, The Composer is Dead on July 17, Kitchen Creations on July 24 and Abracadabra on July 31.
There are also numerous activities in August as well. For a complete schedule go to: cumberlandpubliclibraries.ca or call 667-2549.
Taylor said it’s important for children to continue reading during the summer and the reading club, which is also open to adults, is the perfect way to do that.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re three, 13, 33 or 103, it all counts,” Taylor said.
Students will be rewarded for the books they read each summer. Once they read a certain number of hours their name will be entered for prizes at the end of the year.
Adults can also participate in their own reading club by being entered in a draw for every book they read.
Taylor said studies have shown some students slip when they don’t read over the summer months.
“Children who read are more engaged in their communities and do better in school. They tend to get better jobs when they’re older,” she said. “What we want to do is encourage reading for the enjoyment.”
The library is also in the midst of its summer of 1,000 origami Yodas. Chief librarian Denise Corey said the count is already near the 800 mark and she is now upping the goal to 2,014 origami Yodas.