The Sir Charles Hayward Library (SCHL) is celebrating their Library Month with an array of activities to encourage the youth to read more.
The Freeport News visited the SCHL on Thursday (February 2), where they had invited the East End Preschool to participate in fun filled activities as a part of the initiative.
Shanreikah Faustin, Librarian at the SCHL said that the preschool was visiting on the second day of the Library Month to spend a few hours.
“We read the stories first and one of the stories I read to them was Hansel and Gretel and so now, they are coloring pages and then we will make hand puppets and watch a movie pertaining to Hansel and Gretel,” she said.
Faustin stated that all 15 of the preschool students are members of the SCHL. She added that although there is a national Library Month, she wanted to do something special at the SCHL at a different time, which was how theirs came about.
“Normally the thing about libraries is they usually do it for a week, but I stretched it for a month,” she said.
Faustin said that there are activities planned for every Saturday of the month of February. There was Bahamian Storytelling on Saturday past, with Levette Smith, who would read Bahamian stories to the children.
Then on Saturday, February 11 the library is set to host Story Time and Character Parade.
“I am requesting that all the children that come into the library that day wear some character costume and we will do a little judging, but more than likely everyone will get a little something,” she said.
Then on February 18 the SCHL would feature Journey through Storyland, which is Faustin’s favorite event.
“They came up with different scenes from various fairytales that will be dramatized for the attendees. The Jack Hayward Senior High School (JHSHS) Art Department designed the backdrops for this and the senior students from Sunland Baptist Academy would act out the scenes.”
Faustin noted that on February 25, there would be nursery rhymes and face painting.
“I didn’t want to leave out the nursery rhymes because it’s amazing to me, how so many children don’t know a lot of nursery rhymes,” she said.
Faustin took the opportunity to encourage educators to bring their students, during the week to participate in similar activities such as the East End Preschool.
“Please let’s get our children into reading, it’s best to start them off early so that they can become creative in their thinking through reading,” she said.
Faustin finally stated that all activities begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays and are free of charge.
Published Wednesday, February 8, 2017