Mountain View Voice

Opinion - July 19, 2013

Mystery, adventure and more at summer reading program

by Stacy Callahan

This summer, I joined a Mountain View library reading program called "READ Quest!" This free reading program is for kids entering both third grade and fourth grade. There are four different themes, mystery, humor, adventure and fantasy.

One Tuesday, I went to the Mountain View library to do the adventure theme. A volunteer told me to make a name tag and go into the community room where the organizer and librarian Sharon McClintock welcomed me. I gave her my project that was about the book I picked to read from the READ Quest booklist. Around 20 kids were there at the the library and there were several helpful volunteers. I saw a table of adventure books that were already provided for us to pick.

First, we introduced ourselves and we also talked about our hobbies.

Second, Ms. McClintock read a folktale about pirates to us. A high school student played a violin to to go with the story. Third, we did some drama and put on crazy costumes. Then we did pirate moves.

When it was time to go, I found a book, "Island of the Blue Dolphin,'' that was already provided in the community room. Several weeks ago, I wanted to get the book, but I couldn't find it. Now I have it!

On Saturday when my family went to the library, I proudly showed them the project I did!

At first, I thought I wouldn't like adventure books, but after the theme, I liked them much more. I recommend this program to ages 7 to 9.

Stacy Callahan is 7 years old and is a Mountain View resident.

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