Proud parents, grandparents, siblings and friends celebrated the accomplishments of 15 preschoolers at Virginia Beach’s South Rosemont Youth Library on Wednesday, July 25. The children graduated from Camp Kindergarten, a library class designed to boost language, literacy and social skills for a successful transition to kindergarten.
Youth Librarian Cindy Cordes and Information Specialist Becky Kreitner, a former kindergarten teacher, transformed the library’s storytime room into a kindergarten class. They developed a curriculum that included book sharing, rhymes, name and letter recognition, writing, counting and music. Special activities included visits from a kindergarten teacher and a 2011 Camp Kindergarten alumnus who shared his kindergarten experiences. The highlight for all was a ride on a big, yellow school bus.
At the graduation ceremony, students demonstrated their school readiness skills in a performance of songs and rhymes. Each child received a certificate, T-shirt, school supplies and books. The program was funded by the Friends of the Virginia Beach Public Library.
About Virginia Beach Public Library:
A community anchor for more than 50 years, Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, eight area libraries, a law library and a bookmobile. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early childhood literacy classes and local history archives. In addition to books in a variety of formats (print, audio and downloadable), the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, as well as movies, music, and a variety of specialty collections. Visit www.VBgov.com/libraries for more information.