The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 2, 2013

Kids explore life and times of ancient Egypt

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

— SELINSGROVE — A little bit of Ancient Egypt came to Selinsgrove Monday morning, as about 30 children learned about mummies, hieroglyphics and how to have fun while learning as part of the library’s summer reading program.

Participants wrapped volunteers with toilet paper to symbolize mummification and tried a variety of crafts, such a building a sugar cube pyramid.

“We’re encouraging them to read and discover new things,” said Jennifer Johnston, director of the Rudy Gelnett Memorial Library in Selinsgrove.

Snyder County’s four libraries have about 275 children in their summer reading programs and host activities each week, such as the program Monday which was for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, Johnston said. The libraries select books for children to read based on the activities to help them explore topics in greater depth, something that is important during the summer months.

“We’re here to support learning and make sure that they’re not losing all the skills they developed during the school year,” she said.

The program is developed through a national collaboration which puts out guidelines for summer reading, but allows libraries to add their own touches to the activities, Johnston said.

Next week, the Selinsgrove library will be doing “Potato Chip Science,” which will focus on activities and experiments involving potatoes.

Children get prizes for completing the benchmarks in the program, which encourages them to “Dig into Reading,” this year’s theme.

Beth Young, of Selinsgrove, said her oldest son, Nic, 10, is really excited about earning a free pass to Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland through the program.

“He’s really excited about working toward that incentive,” she said.

Her three boys, Nic and his brothers, Carter, 7, and Reece, 1, also enjoy getting out of the house and being around their friends, Young said.

“They get to interact with their friends and do fun activities,” she said.

Some of the participants also enjoy learning about different topics.

“I do it for fun,” said Nina Yang, 10. “You can learn new stuff.”