Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Clubhouse Summer Reading Program for Kids

I Want This One  Children enrolled in The Clubhouse, an educational enrichment
program sponsored by the TWU Department of University Housing, select books to

take home.  Staff members from several library departments assist with the program 
to help the kids have fun and retain their reading skills over the summer.  Photograph
by Jimmie Lyn Harris.  June 29, 2015. 
Ta kid there's nothing better than hanging with friends in a clubhouse.  This summer, a group of TWU Libraries staff members is making that experience even better for one group of lucky children.

Ranging in age from 5 to 12, the children are enrolled in The Clubhouse, an educational enrichment program sponsored by the TWU Department of University Housing.  Every Monday while the program is in session, the group arrives in the Children's Collection at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus for an arts and crafts activity (such as the miniature pinwheel bookmarks the children made to celebrate the Fourth of July) before staff members help each child select and check out a book on a topic of their choice.  Some of the library activities are based on superheros, the theme of the 2015 Texas Summer Reading Program from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Staff members from the Circulation, Reference and Technical Services departments of the library, led by Reference and Children’s Collection Librarian Jimmie Lyn Harris, work together at these weekly sessions with the twin goals of creating fun for the children, and helping them reinforce and retain their reading skills over the summer.  "Working with these future college students," Harris says, "has been a very rewarding experience."   

In addition to library visits, The Clubhouse features reading projects, arts and crafts, cooking experiments, gardening fun, science activities, weekly field trips and more.  Visit The Clubhouse page here to learn more.

The Children's Collection--comprised of illustrated children's books, original artwork, and teen literature--supports the TWU School of Library & Information Studies, the TWU Department of Teacher Education, and art students from the TWU College of Arts & Sciences.  It also serves as a resource for the children of TWU students and faculty and staff members.  

For research and other questions related to the Children's Collection, please contact Jimmie Lyn Harris at jharris@twu.edu or 940-898-3740. 

~Sandy Cochran with Jimmie Lyn Harris

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