Keely Weget-Whitney likes the saying, “Once a reader, now a leader.”
As the new Summer Reading Club coordinator for the Lillooet Library, she will have the opportunity to nurture young readers ages six to 12.
Weget-Whitney has just completed her second year in the Bachelor of Arts program at NVIT. She hopes to continue her education at UBC Okanagan and is aiming for a career as a kindergarten teacher.
She says her background in education will help her plan and run the Summer Reading Club, which is scheduled to start July 11 and conclude Aug. 15. She has also worked at a children’s day camp at T’it’q’et and an immersion camp at Gitxsan near Hazelton.
Themes have been chosen for each week of the program – Wild Wild Life, Biggest Fastest First, It Came from Outer Space, Weird Science, True Story, Trick or Treat and You Don’t Scare Me.
“Kids will be learning throughout the summer, but in a fun way with brain-stimulating games,” said Weget-Whitney. “There will be prizes at the end of the day for the best participant and best listener and one child will be designated leader for the day.”
The program will be offered every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and snacks will be served.
She added she is looking for a guest speaker for each theme of the week. Anyone who has stories, handouts and information to share should contact the Lillooet Library at 250-256-7944.
It’s recommended that students sign up for the full seven weeks. They must be registered prior to July 11. Registration forms are available at the library’s website www.lillooet.bclibrary.ca. The completed forms can be dropped off at the library.