CES Library holds reading camp out

Published 10:54 am Tuesday, November 13, 2018

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

Each year media specialist Shelly Bice at Clanton Elementary transforms the library into a camp site for one week in hopes of helping students be excited about reading.

Tents of various sizes and two child-sized teepees are set up throughout the room for students to sit in and read.

“I like seeing them excited about camping at school,” Bice said.

Bice starts each class of Camp Read S’more with students around a replica on a camp fire as she explains how to use some special books and equipment.

The “Shine-a-Light” books revealed hidden images when students shined a flashlight of the back of the page. Second-grade student Bentlee said he enjoyed the “Shine-a-Light” books.

“It’s really fun reading books, and I like to see Ms. Price,” Bentlee said.

This year, several of the books had a QR code on the back that a student could scan to view a video on Safeshare of someone reading the book out loud. Bice said the video also showed the book so students could follow along.

During the campout, Bentlee and Liyona were reading “Way up in the Arctic” with the video. Liyona said she enjoyed reading books about the outdoors.

“I like exposing them to different types of books that they wouldn’t ordinarily check out, to give them a chance to see what the library has to offer,” Bice said.

Throughout the school year, each class will come to the library every other week.