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Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover

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June 06, 2018 | By Chartiers-Houston Community Library

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When he first came to the Chartiers-Houston Community Library, six-year-old Nico was a little bit hesitant.  He hadn’t spent much time in any library before, so he didn’t know what to expect from the summer reading club and summer learning programs.  Would he have fun?

Educators often refer to the learning losses that happen during the months of June, July, and August as “the summer slide.”  Therefore, the programs at the library are an excellent opportunity for students to retain important lessons and have a good time.

Nico gave the programs a chance.  It was not long before he made friends with the other children in attendance.  Together, they enjoyed participating in learning activities that focused on a variety of subjects.  Just a few of the topics discussed included chain reactions, chemical reactions, and kinetic energy.  The children were also delighted by their discoveries about transformations in the natural world, such as how seeds grow into plants and how caterpillars morph into butterflies.

Each new experience helped Nico to see what a wonderful place the library could be!  Learning new things also helped to give him more confidence.

Before the end of summer, Nico was happily participating in all of the library’s summer learning activities, and his mind was ready to jump right back into the school year.

When he returned to the library that fall, Nico was on a special mission.  He and his family came to find books about Washington, D.C., as they would soon be taking a trip to our nation’s capital.    Sometimes, all it takes to instill a passion for life-long learning is a good experience at the library.