The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Community

September 11, 2012

'Creating a spark'

Lapel's new Reading Buddies aims to get kids interested in books

LAPEL, Ind. — The new Reading Buddies program starting up in Lapel is all about “creating a spark” of love for reading in young children.

Rosilyn Upton, a member of the South Madison Community Foundation, helped develop the program after she’d heard mothers express interest and discussed getting something started with Lapel Library’s Branch Supervisor Cassaundra Day.

Anderson Public Library’s Lapel Branch currently has a monthly family program, but no weekly program as does Anderson. But Lapel’s Reading Buddies will be a weekly effort.

“It’s not a tutor program, it’s a start,” Upton said. “To get children more interesting in reading and develop a love for reading.”

Registration begins Sept. 26 for children at the library and Upton already has about 10 volunteers, ranging in age from high school students to a 90 year-old.

Lapel High School senior Jessie Taber said she’s looking forward to working with youth.

“I’ve always enjoyed reading, especially as a child,” she said. “I thought it’d be cool to get kids interested.”

She said reading is important to growth and development in that a person needs to be able to read to write and function daily.

She’s performed volunteer work before, with the town’s food pantry and Lapel Community Youth Commission. She’s glad to see Lapel’s program implemented.

Volunteers like Taber will read to children in grades one through four once a week for an hour at the library.

Upton is working in partnership with the Madison County Literacy Coalition and said the organization will be donating books so that children can go home with a new one to keep each week.

The goal, she said, is to get kids reading at home.

While Reading Buddies is held at the library, it’s not actually a library program. Upton wanted to do something similar to what Day does in Anderson at Park Place Community Center, where she and other volunteers rent a classroom and have a reading cafe. Day is a member of the county’s Literacy Coalition.

“The focus is to get kids reading and discover the process,” she said. “To see reading isn’t awful.”

While the Park Place Reading Buddies is Day’s baby, she’s still excited about the programs in both places.

Registration for Lapel’s Reading Buddies is limited to students in Lapel schools and volunteers will be trained by Day.

To volunteer or for more information about the program, call Upton at 534-4161 or Day at the library, 534-4654.

Find Dani Palmer on Facebook and @DaniPalmer_THB on Twitter, or call 640-4847.

1
Text Only
Community
  • FEA - HB0728 - Fresh Orientation - SH Elwood freshmen learn the ways of high school through mentoring program About half the 112 incoming freshmen at Elwood Jr./Sr. High School got a jump on their friends recently by attending a freshman orientation session. Joan Mercer, an English teacher who helped organize the the orientation, said the mentor program, which has been in place for several years, has been effective in new students make the high school transition.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA-HB0727-MCWinery-JC6.JPG Having a wine time

    Cathy Hensley’s never been much of a drinker. It wasn’t something that interested her very much, so it seemed unfathomable that she would ever run a winery. But after her son Eric offered her and her husband, Duke, some wine he made, it changed things.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lanane among LifeStream honorees Dr. Jon Hendrix and Katie Lucas, both of Muncie; Janet Privett, Montezuma, Ohio, and Sen. Tim Lanane (D), Anderson, will be honored during a reception Aug. 7 in Muncie for their work in making a difference in the lives of aging adults and people with disabilities.

    July 26, 2014

  • Community Briefs: July 27 A compilation of community news items as published in the Sunday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 26, 2014

  • FEA HB0727 Homes 0113 Storage solution The key to creating a beautiful home on a budget is to look beyond the intended purpose of an item, and beyond its appearance. Instead, check for sturdiness of the frame, and the functionality of the components.

    July 26, 2014 5 Photos

  • What's Where: July 27-Aug. 2 Local meetings and activities are scheduled this week.

    July 26, 2014

  • Help available locally to navigate health care options If you feel like you’re drowning in the shifting sea of health care options, don’t panic: SHIP, a local Navigator and Life Stream are ready to help.

    July 26, 2014

  • FEA HB0727 Camp Chesterfield Spiritualists' home Camp Chesterfield is one of 10 spiritualist camps in the United States, and the only one of its kind in Indiana. Founded in the late 1800s, It's home to the Indiana Association of Spiritualists and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Back in the News: July 27 The Herald Bulletin looks back at stories from the Anderson Daily Bulletin and The Anderson Herald newspapers.

    July 26, 2014

  • Jim Bailey: Traveling by passenger train was a page from the past My wife doesn’t remember riding on a full-fledged passenger train as a baby. Our children have never ridden. It’s an experience rapidly going the way of the horse and buggy and the stagecoach throughout a nation now obsessed with jumbo jets and sport-utility vehicles.

    July 26, 2014

Reader Pet Photos


We're looking for your best pet photos! Share your photos of your favorite non-human companions in our new photo gallery. Click here to upload your photos

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin