Peninsula Public Library’s Summer Reading program had children learning about archeology through a “dig” sponsored by the Long Island Children’s Museum.
Getting a child excited for summer reading is often like getting an adult excited for tax season; it’s no easy task.
However, the Peninsula Public Library has taken the initiative to make summer reading something children can look forward to.
Carolynn Matulewicz of Atlantic Beach, who is a librarian at the Peninsula Public Library, brought local kids together on July 11 for an activity that is part of the library’s summer reading program.
Stacey Lee, a representative from the Long Island Children’s Museum that sponsored the event, spoke to children between four and 12 years of age about archaeology and artifacts. The theme of the library’s program is “dig into reading,” so the events have included activities such as finding seashells on the beach. This particular event, focused on archaeology and required the children to dig through small containers of sand, with a paintbrush (their archaeology tool) to find small puzzle pieces (artifacts).
“Events like these are to encourage the kids to come to the library,” said Matulewicz. “We want them to get books and keep reading during the summer.”
Books in relation to the day’s theme such as “Digging into the Past” and “Archaeology,” part of the Eyewitness book series were on display. The library has been displaying non-fiction books so that the kids can think outside the box and read books they don’t normally read in school.
Lee asked the kids what they know about archaeology and explained why it’s important to look at artifacts and study ancient people and places. She passed around photographs of pyramids and other examples of ancient architecture for the children to see as well.
“The most fun part was learning the symbols of the Native Americans,” said Danielle Hance, 10, from Inwood, referring to the small puzzle pieces and artifacts she dug up in her sand box. Hance said that throughout the summer, she has been reading plenty of non-fiction books and the program is helping her learn new vocabulary to prepare her for the fifth grade.