WALLENPAUPACK - A freshman at Wallenpaupack Area High School and a student in the district’s childcare program, Ashley Torres recently arranged for Jean Kammer from the Hawley Public Library to read to children who attend the daycare program at the high school.

By having Kammer read to the children, Torres said she hoped it would encourage the children to read because reading is important. Plus, it showed them that reading can be fun, so they would want to read on their own.  Kammer is the Youth Services Manager at Hawley Public Library.

Torres is competing in the Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competition and so, Kammer’s involvement was necessary for her project since she is focusing on children and literacy.

Since many of the children already knew Kammer from the library, her reading about an astronaut on the moon reintroduced the idea that librarians are available to help.

After Kammer read to the children, Torres said it went well since they appeared to enjoy the book. While there is always story time at the daycare, an additional bonus to the program, Torres said is that the children were able to learn about resources in their community. As well, each child received a library card.

As part of the project, Torres will create a poster board that presents the information she collected from a survey parents answered about the families’ reading habits. From the survey, Torres learned that most families already had a library card. The information collected, Torres will present at the FCCLA conference later this month. If Torres wins the state competition, she will go on to the nationals at some point this year. This will be her first competition, and although she is nervous, Torres did say she is prepared.