Baileyville Library Reading Program Growing

By Gwen Clark


Brianna Jack is a fourth grader at Woodland Elementary School.   She has been holding an after-school reading program at the Woodland Library for the past two and a half years.  The program has expanded so much this year that they have moved from the small children’s reading room to the up-stairs room in the library.   The group meets each Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30 PM .  One or two stories are read , plus the children put together a craft that is centered around the stories and a light snack is included.

 The activity is open to all younger children and is called “Story Time With Brianna.”  It is at no cost to the participants and runs each Tuesday with the exceptions of school vacations or snow days.   It also gives children the opportunity to see the library and how it functions as well.  Each week there seems to be a theme tied to current events, holidays, seasons,  new publications, and   special interests that children have.  Brianna is very active in a variety of activities and founder of the local Maine Books for Maine Children program.  She is the Poster Student for the School anti-bullying campaign, a member of the local Girl  Scout Troop, a dance student of Barbara’s International School of Dance and she competes and has placed in title or position in numerous statewide pageants.

During the week of Dr. Suess’ Birthday, two of his books were chosen to be read during the  Library Reading Program and Brianna was assisted  by Hannah Sivret who also competes in teen pageants is is a current title holder.  This past week “Pigs in the Mud” was the title of book that was read and the participants enjoyed making piggie puppets and a  whimsical decorated cake that looked like little pigs in the mud.   Brianna hopes that her passion for reading will carry over to her younger listeners and beginning readers by providing this service and activities to her community.  New comers are always welcome and encouraged to attend.