Head Start students visit local library

Children’s librarian Andrea Cosier reads a book to the Head Start students. (Courtesy photo)

The Manistee Head Start students recently celebrated Books and Authors Week by visiting the Manistee County Library, where children’s librarian Andrea Cosier welcomed them with stories and other fun activities.

“It gets kids excited about the library,” she said. “We talked about the different things that are available once they get their free library card. They can check out books, movies, magazines, CDs and games.

“It’s good for them to see that the library is a fun place to be and we’re happy to have them here.”

Head Start center director Patti Mantych said a number of parents also attended the field trip, and some who didn’t have one already signed up for a library card that day.

“A couple of the kids even came back with their parents the next day,” Cosier said.

Family literacy is one of the cornerstones of the Head Start program, and showing children and their parents the services available at the library helps in this goal.

“Families who are in poverty may not have as many books available at home,” Mantych said. “So it’s good for parents to see they’re available for free at the library.”

During the visit, Cosier also shared information about the various programs the library offers for families and the ways that students can continue to learn outside the classroom. There are many events in the summer, Mantych said, that keep children interested in books.

“It’s very important to keep them reading during the summer when we’re not in school,” she added.

Manistee Head Start students had the opportunity to learn about the library, read and even check out books during a recent field trip. Pictured in the background are Tramel Caviness Jr. and his mother, Jaime Miller reading together while (at the table, left to right) Natalie Kamiski and Tyler Rose listen as Nancy Zatarga reads to them. (Courtesy photo)

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