Library will offer children’s programs

JACKSON – There is something for every young person at the Jackson Library this summer. Reading Buddies, Math Buddies, and returning for the second summer, Piano Buddies, are just a few of the many programs for elementary school children.

Teenagers who complete grade seven or higher this year can participate in community service through the SAIL (Service and Achievement at the Library) volunteer program.

Reading Buddies is a reading assistance program which matches a teen SAIL volunteer with a student who will enter first through third grades in the fall. The child and the teen buddy meet once a week for a half-hour session to share the joy of reading.

Math Buddies, for students entering second through fourth grades, are partnered with a teen volunteer for a weekly half-hour session of math related games, stories and puzzles, promoting the concept that math can be fun.

In-person registration is required for the Reading Buddies and Math Buddies programs and begins on June 13.

There will be a limited number of spaces available for a very special opportunity for children in Jackson. Teen pianist and library volunteer Katie Tran is offering a series of free piano lessons to children age 8 and older. The weekly lessons will be held in the library.

For anyone who is interested in applying for his child to have this opportunity, the Piano Buddies applications will be available at the library beginning May 2 and must be submitted between June 1-14.

Applications for the SAIL program will also be available in the library beginning on May 2 and required in-person registration will begin on June 1.

These are just a few of the programs planned for children and teenagers at the Jackson Library this summer. The 2011 summer reading programs, One World, Many Stories, for preschool and elementary school-age children, and You Are Here, for teens, encourage students and families to read for pleasure throughout the summer and will begin on June 13 and end in mid- August.