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Pinewood Elementary Library opens with Royalty

 

Marysville Festival Princess Franceska Rojas (right) listens to Gloria Gooding read at the Pinewood Elementary Library on June 19.

Marysville Strawberry Festival royalty came to Pinewood Elementary to read and listen to young students at the kickoff of the Reading with Royalty program on June 19. Queen Madison Doty and Princess Franceska (Franqui) Rojas, decked out in gowns and glittering tiaras, visited with the youngsters on the first day of the program.

For the last eight summers the Pinewood Elementary Library has opened its doors for a couple hours every week for students to come read and check out books. This year continues the tradition with participation of the Marysville Festival’s queen, princes and princess.

“We’re just happy to be coupled with the Strawberry Festival this year and providing that opportunity for [the Festival Royalty] to do some community service work and for our kids to get to know them and maybe see them as examples of something they can do in the future,” said Shelley Doty, librarian and teacher at Pinewood Elementary.

Shelley is the mother of this year’s festival queen, Madison Doty. It was Madison’s idea to come with the festival royalty and read to the students. She already volunteers at Pinewood and many of the students know her as ‘Miss Madison,’ said Shelley Doty.

A total of 47 students came out for the program’s kickoff and checked out a total of 261 books, which is the highest one-day attendance the program has ever had, said Doty.

The librarian enjoys how the program keeps her in contact with the students throughout the summer.

Marysville Festival Queen Madison Doty (right) reads ‘Too Many Frogs’ to Brooke Bontrager (left) and her brother Jesse Bontrager at the Pinewood Elementary Library on June 19.

“It keeps the kids connected to school and it keeps them connected to me. I know most of their reading levels pretty well, so we work on finding just right books for them so they can be working on that throughout the summer,” she said.

Doty runs the program every year to keep kids engaged with reading during their summer break.

“The kids need to have access to books and they are familiar with this library,” she said. “They’re here every week throughout the [school] year, they know where their favorites are and it gives me the opportunity to work with them, expanding out into new areas.”

The Reading with Royalty program continues every Wednesday until August 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. Books from Barnes & Nobles, Borders and Half-Price Books are also given away as prizes.

 

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