Mason Library is using March, National Reading Awareness Month, to get children excited about reading.
Mari Garza has worked as a youth services librarian for nearly nine years at the library, and her focus is early-literacy programs and events that help children keep up in reading.
“March is a month that has been designated by education systems and libraries to stress literacy,” Garza said. “There’s a lot of research out there that shows that if kids aren’t reading by third grade, they’re going to have a hard time in school. It builds upon itself.”
The library is offering an array of events for children and adults.
“We have a character visit this month, we have Delta Dental sponsoring a story time, Mason’s Battle of the Books is at the Middle School, reading visits at the schools are popular this month, and we’re doing a reading activity calendar,” Garza said.
Kids ages 3 to 8 are encouraged to pick up calendars from the library and complete 10 out of the 31 activities to receive a prize.
Activities on the calendar include writing down a joke and sharing it with friends, writing a letter to a friend or a relative, wearing a shirt with writing on it and making up a story about a worm.
“My favorite book is “Wonder.” It’s about a kid with a disability on his face and he faces tough times,” said fifth grader Michael Angellotti. “I really like reading because you get to use your imagination.”
Reading can be challenging for students but National Reading Month pushes them to reach their potential.
“I don’t like to read, it’s hard,” said second grader Julia Gavrilenko. “I haven’t really been reading a lot.”
You can find a full list of Reading Month activities that Mason Library is hosting on their website.