YMCA to host book fair


Staff report



Keygan Bladen, daughter of Tareena Bladen of Sidney, reads a book about Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Keygan Bladen, daughter of Tareena Bladen of Sidney, reads a book about Clifford the Big Red Dog.


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The Y Child Development Center will host a Scholastic Book Fair the week of April 25, from 2:15 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with an extended hour available on Thursday until 7 p.m. The Book Fair Event will end on Saturday, April 30, at Healthy Kids Day from 9 a.m. to noon.

Funds raised will help purchase books for classroom libraries. Families, faculty, and the community are invited to attend this fun reading event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers.

“A focus for the Y is to connect families with resources and supports that can prevent summer learning loss,” said Elizabeth Grace, Y Child Development Center director. “Studies show that when children don’t have access to learning activities during the summer, they can experience a loss of skills – up to two months of grade level equivalency in reading skills over the summer months, called the summer slide. It is our desire that kids in our community to climb and soar in summer months and not regress.”

On Healthy Kids Day families will have an opportunity to browse the book fair. There will also be a special raffle of books along with tons of other activities that promote healthy living and learning. For those that would like to support the Book Fair but are unable to attend, there will be an online shopping option available. See the Y’s website for details.

The book fair offers specially priced books and educational products, including popular series, award-winning titles, new releases, adult bestsellers, and other great reads from dozens of publishers.

Book fair customers may help the Child Development Center build classroom libraries by purchasing books through the Classroom Wish List program. In addition, the Book Fair will feature the All for Books program, where students can share the thrill of reading with others by donating loose change to purchase books from the book fair for the school library. Scholastic Book Fairs then matches those monetary donations with a donation of up to one million dollars in books from The Scholastic Possible Fund, which distributes books to children in need through organizations, such as Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. and the Kids In Need Foundation.

Questions about the Y’s Book Fair or the Y Child Development Center and its programs can be directed to Grace at 498-2273 or egrace@sidney-ymca.org.

Keygan Bladen, daughter of Tareena Bladen of Sidney, reads a book about Clifford the Big Red Dog.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2016/04/web1_IMG_3343.jpgKeygan Bladen, daughter of Tareena Bladen of Sidney, reads a book about Clifford the Big Red Dog. Courtesy photo

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