RUMFORD — Thanks to a federal grant, area children can go to their school library this summer and take part in a variety of activities.

“Improving Literacy Through School Libraries” enables the Rumford Elementary School Library to be open for about four hours a day during the four weeks in July for what is called Camp Read-A-Lot.

Megan Ouellette, library technician who coordinated an after-school library program during the school year just completed at RES under the grant, and who is in charge of the summer program, said children from any Western Foothills Regional School Unit 10 school may use the library from 10 a.m. to noon, and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting July 6. The program ends on July 28.

Books may be checked out, and laptops and a Nintendo Wii are available for use in the library.

Also, special activities are planned for three age groups.

On Tuesdays, toddlers ages 2 to 4, accompanied by a parent, can take part in singing, reading and finger plays from 9 to 10 a.m.

Wednesdays, 9 to 10 a.m., are for children ages 4 to 7. They will read nature-themed books and create nature-themed crafts.

Thursdays are for older elementary children, ages 8 to 12, from 9 to 10 a.m. Ouellette is currently developing an art program based on specific art techniques for each Thursday.

There is no cost for participation.

Anyone with questions may contact Ouellette at: [email protected]

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