In a message marking the end of...


In a message marking the end of the school year, Gov. Parris N. Glendening has issued a report card of sorts on the state's Reading Across Maryland program that challenged children to read at least 10 books.

The program promised a "Rising Star" reading certificate for each child achieving the 10-book goal.

"As the school year comes to a close," Glendening said, "we are happy to report that the children tackled my challenge with gusto and earned over 300,000 certificates. This means children in Maryland read at least 3 million books since November."

Glendening thanked teachers and parents who made reading a priority, groups and businesses that promoted reading, and state employees who volunteered to read in schools or took part in book drives.

The governor noted that every school system in the state, many private and parochial schools and home schoolers participated in Reading Across Maryland.

The governor said he had completed an assignment of his own -- reading to children in at least one school in each county and Baltimore City.

He pledged to continue reading to children, and challenged young people to read at least 10 more books this summer.

COCKEYSVILLE -- A junior version of Oprah's Book Club will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. June 25 at the Cockeysville branch library, 9833 Greenside Drive.

Children in the club will read a book selected by the library each month, then meet to discuss it. Ages of participants will vary with each book, with the first month's selection -- "Tuck Everlasting" by Natalie Babbitt -- recommended for readers from ages 8 to 12.

"We thought it would be a nice idea since there are a lot of children who come to the branch and we have a lot of children's programs." said Cockeysville librarian Michelle Stack. "Junior book clubs also seem to work at area bookstores."

Information: 410-887-7750.

Three library branches to feature summer program

Three Baltimore County public libraries will hold a program called "Summer Friends" this week, featuring stories and activities for children ages 2 to 6. The programs -- all at 10: 30

a.m. -- are scheduled as follows:

Tomorrow at the White Marsh branch, 8133 Sandpiper Circle.

Tuesday at the Rosedale branch, 6105 Kenwood Ave.

Wednesday at the North Point branch, 1716 Merritt Blvd.

ELLICOTT CITY -- Can books heal?

Students at Northfield Elementary in Ellicott City think so -- and they spent several months this school year collecting books to donate to sick children at Howard County General Hospital.

The program, called Prescription to Read, culminated last month when 18 fourth-grade students in Ginny Snyder's Gifted and Talented class delivered 861 books to the Children's Care Center.

Doctors there have prescribed about 100 books to ailing children "to help make them feel well," Snyder said.

Pub Date: 6/14/98

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