Regent Reads 2013 concludes with Fire Department visit

A future firefighter inspects Capt. Rock’s truck.
The Library’s third annual Regent Reads summer festival of children’s literature concluded on July 30 with a visit by members of the Virginia Beach Fire Department, complete with fire truck.

This year, 128 children and 195 parents, grandparents, and assorted staff came to five programs to hear stories about Bible and present-day heroes. Readers included Regent faculty and staff as well as a representatives from the heroic occupation featured each week. The programs also included songs & movement, coloring, a book drawing, and of course, a snack.

President Campo conceived Regent Reads in 2011 as an opportunity to invite the surrounding community onto the campus and to introduce young children to the joy of books. Most of the children in attendance this year were between the ages of 4 and 8, and we were particularly happy to receive comments such as:

  • “Our first time here, and we loved it; beautiful campus, library, and program.”
  • “Fantastic job. Love that it’s Christian-based and that it introduces reading. The program is special needs-friendly (Granddaughter is in a wheelchair).”

Photo galleries of the Regent Reads programs may be viewed on the Library’s Facebook and Flickr sites.