The Snuggle and Read event hosted in Hinton, Friday the 22nd of May, was made possible through Read Aloud West Virginia programming, a grant from the Hinton Area Foundation, direction of West Virginia State University Extension agent, Stacy Ford, and The Greenbrier Quilters.

On Friday morning, more than 20 children and a guardian showed up to the Summers County CASE Head Start and Pre-K school on 2nd Street in Hinton. Waiting to greet them were their teachers, a number of volunteers, lovely quilts, and a variety of books to choose from. Each child was given the opportunity to choose their reading quilt, and spent time with their guardian tying the remainder of the quilt together. During that process the children enjoyed listening to volunteers read a number of classroom favorites. After reading time, each child was allowed to choose two books that they would take home. Each book they chose was then stamped with their name on the “Book Owner” line of the inside front cover.

While Read Aloud is in every elementary school and Head Start in Summers County, this program was a special treat for each child’s family. The emphasis on book ownership, and parental reading aloud were the focus of this event. With each child spending 7,800 hours at home and only 900 at school each year, Read Aloud and WV State University Extension promote the importance of reading time at home to show children that reading can be fun.

After these activities, the participants were able to explore the Summers County Public Library Bookmobile, and talk to the librarian about summer reading programs available. This Read Aloud program will likely be offered to one or two more pre-K groups in 2015.

For more information about Summers County Read Aloud or if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer reader, contact Stacy Ford at or 304-466-7113.

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