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.
Written by Sarah Wolverton, Assistant to the Dean
Children and adults alike will delight at Jean Marzollo's retelling of famous Bible stories.
This July the Library will be hosting our third annual Regent Reads
, a summer reading program for children ages five to nine. Each Tuesday morning, from 10:00 to 11:30 am, we will feature two illustrated books: one about a Biblical hero and one about a modern-day hero (such as a firefighter or missionary) read by members of the Regent and local communities. There will also be an interactive time with music and movement. Each program will conclude with snacks and coloring activities. We already have fifteen children signed up to attend, and the number rises almost daily—we are excited to share the love of reading with the children in our community!
For more information, see the Regent Reads webpage.
Young readers with books from the Library's curriculum collection
If you think the Library only has grown-up books, you haven’t walked through the curriculum section on the first floor, near the door to Administration. The Library collects a limited number of children’s and youth books for use by education students developing curricula and lesson plans. Although our collection of these materials is smaller than what a good public library would offer, it evidently met the requirements of some young visitors to the Library in June. Seated with Dean Baron are Jubilee (age 8, reading Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
), Joshua (age 5, reading Love is Walking Hand in Hand
), Christia (age 10, reading By the Shores of Silver Lake
), and Laya (age 6, reading A Christmas Book