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Jemison library hosting summer Journey Through Jemison

By STEVEN CALHOUN/Staff Writer

The Jemison Public Library will give students the chance to learn through fun activities during its Journey Through Jemison program this summer. The reading hour will meet on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. starting on June 7.

The program is an extension of the reading hour librarian Tammy Miller hosts throughout the year. Miller has held reading hours during the summer for five years.

“The children love it … I just do it for fun for the children. It’s hard to find fun things for kids that are free,” Miller said. “A lot of times, people will come to me and ask if they can come [read], and they love it.”

This summer, students will have the opportunity to hear from representatives of local businesses. The guest readers each will read a book related to their career and share their knowledge with the students.

One goal of the program is to enrich students’ learning and provide new experiences. Miller hopes the group will get to visit places in Jemison to learn firsthand about what they have read. She has already planned for the students to visit a bank vault, and said Piggly Wiggly usually brings unusual fruits and vegetables to help teach the students.

These enriching experiences help make reading fun for students and the routine gets them accustomed to stopping by the library.

“It’s to keep them reading through the summer. When they come to that, then they’ll come in here and check out books,” Miller said. “It helps. During the school year, they have to read certain things, but in the summer they can read whatever they want to.”

Miller said the older students are able to learn about possible career paths. Younger students can learn not to be afraid of going to the doctor by meeting a doctor outside of the office and seeing them in a relaxed environment, according to Miller.

“When they see her here, just like a regular person, it makes a difference. Then when they go to her as a patient, they aren’t scared,” Miller said. “I’ve seen how it can make a big difference in the kids.”

Miller thanked the mayor and city council for supporting the program and allowing her to leave when necessary to escort the students.

The meeting places of some of the readings have yet to be determined. The June meetings are slated to begin in the library. Notifications will be posted of special cases.