Bangor Public Library Celebrates Kids Week 

The folks at Penquis, along with the Bangor Public Library, are celebrating the week of the young child. Today, the focus was on introducing kids to the library and to try to get them interested in reading at an early age. The children took part in the weekly program Healthy bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Children”. Mary Beckett is the organizer of this program. “We always read some stories, sing some songs, and do a simple art project,” says Beckett.The program is designed for kids 2-4 years old. It runs every Wednesday and Thursday morning starting at 10:00 a.m. Beckett says the kids here aren’t the only ones who have fun. “It’s a blast,” says Beckett, “I can’t believe I get paid to do this. I often tell people if I didn’t need the money I would do this for free it’s so much fun.”Nicole Polik brings her daughter Whitney here every week. “It’s a lot of fun,” she says, “I know whitney loves to sing and she loves to hear stories. It’s very interactive it’s great and the crafts at the end. She really likes to color it’s great for this age group.”The hope is the kids will learn about all the things the library has to offer. “I hope they have fun and learn the library is not just a quiet place where they have to be solemn,” says Beckett, “that they can come here and have some fun and that they associate books and reading with good times.”Parents say the plan is working. Their kids are already taking an active interest in reading.”It is so important,” says Polik, “getting them a love for reading at this age is hugely important and she loves to come and pick out her own books.””Reading early is so important,” says parent Christine Karcanes, “the oral language and that cuddle time when they’re in your lap and you’re reading a book it builds a bond and an excitement for our stories that they can read on their own.”