By Shannon Rapose / Kern Valley Sun
Great fun was had by all that attended the Kernville Unified School District Annual Literacy Fair that was held in the Woodrow Wallace Gym on Thursday, September 7.
As students and their families entered the gym, they were given “passports” that needed to be stamped at each station in order to collect a free book at the end of their journey. There was a great selection of titles to choose from that appealed to elementary-aged children and even the young “adults” of Middle School.
There were many craft tables where students could color simple or elaborate bookmarks, plant bean seeds that they took home where they could watch them grow, put together a nature journal to document their outdoor adventures, or make their very own pop-up book.
Braver students read excerpts from a selection of books out loud into a microphone or participated in Readers Theater, where a handful of students of all ages read a script and interacted with props to act out the story in front of an audience.
Both elementary and middle school students found themselves sitting on the floor of the gym listening intently as volunteers read them a story. There was also a Dr. Seuss themed table where students tried their hand at stacking various objects as high as they could and laughed with glee as it would eventually come tumbling down.
Friends of the Library also had a table at the event to encourage community members and their families to visit the local library, handing out schedules of upcoming events being held at the library and information on how to obtain a library card.
“It was so much fun,” said Kindergartener Arabella Rapose.
The Annual Book Fair was also open for business in the Woodrow Wallace cafeteria that night to allow students and their families to peruse hundreds of titles and walk away with an armful of books and a smile on their face.