Camp Wonderopolis coming to local libraries

Program to help children with ‘summer slide’

LEWISTOWN — Have your children ever wondered how things are made? Or how they work?

Look no further for the answers as Camp Wonderopolis is coming to the Mifflin County and Juniata County libraries this summer.

Camp Wonderopolis was created for families with elementary school-age children to help provide enrichment opportunities for children potentially impacted by “summer slide.”

Rosie Massie, who is piloting the program locally, said that summer slide is a reality and grade school students lose between one to three months of learning over the summer. There will be four sessions designed to brush up academic skills at each location before the school year begins.

The program will be filled with fun, interactive science-, math- and literacy-building topics boosted with activities like making a pan flute or thumb piano, learning about sound effects, an earworm, the music in your DNA and more. This year’s theme is related to music and each session will feature a learning game, a make-and-take activity and a local musician. Each family will receive a family kit to take home at the end of the program.

The program also invites families to visit the Wonderopolis website that is specifically designed to interest school-age children in investigating “I wonder…” questions. Children can also add a question, others investigate and answer questions, with all topics related to literacy, science and math.

The program, which was developed by the National Center for Families Learning in 2010, was brought to the libraries by Susan Pennebaker, commonwealth library director for youth activities, to see how the program works in rural counties. The program is also being tested out in three other counties in the Pittsburgh, Scranton and Philadelphia areas.

“I was part of the Family Literacy program for Juniata County and we worked very closely with the library,” Massie said. “When Family Literacy lost their funding, Pennebaker has had me pilot various programs throughout the state to increase the value of libraries for families.”

If the program is found to be valuable to the children’s librarians this summer, Pennebaker will increase it to be available to other libraries in the state.

The session for the Mifflin County Library is 10 to 11:30 a.m., Aug. 13 through Aug. 16. To register, call Kelly Rodenbaugh at (717) 242- 2391.

The session for the Juniata County Library is 10 to 11:30 a.m., Aug. 20 through Aug. 23. To register, call Jocinda Rhinier at (717) 436-6378.

The program is limited to 25 families at each location due to space and the number of family kits.


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