With the theme “Reading Lights the World,” the goal of program is to get kids excited about books and reading.
“We are so excited,” said Sandra Kinser of BB&T, “because we feel like this could really make a difference in a child’s life.”
“We hope to give them tools to help them and encourage them to read,” she added.
Each Thursday afternoon, a group of first through third grade students from Stevenson Elementary School will ride a bus to the library where various events and activities are planned.
“This is a literacy program,” said Monica Edwards, youth services supervisor at the library, “but it will involve math, art and science too.”
Edwards said there will be a different focus each week and children will learn to use the library, take part in activities and get free books.
“My goal is to introduce the kids to the library and show them that books are cool,” Edwards said.
One week, local ham radio operators will come to the library in conjunction with the students reading “Radio Rescue.” The students will have a chance to learn about ham radio and get on the air. Another week volunteers from BB&T will come in to teach students about math and on the last week local artist Anesha Deweese will come in and do batiking with the kids.
Kinser said BB&T is thrilled to be working with the library, Stevenson and Printer’s Plus on this project. Each year, BB&T offers money to branches to do a community project. Workers at the Russellville branch came up with the idea to work with children through the library. Frank Bell, city executive, Vicky Gaines, project leader, Kinser and others will be helping make the project a success.
“We love doing things for children,” Kinser said. “I think it could be life changing for a child.”