Beverly-Center’s Family Literacy Night a success

More than 100 children and their parents attended Beverly-Center’s Family Literacy Night May 8. The evening began with hot dogs and a camping-style dinner served by the school’s PTO – capped off by everyone’s favorite camping treat, do-it-yourself s’mores. After dinner, families had the opportunity to visit several ‘campsites’ to gather information about reading and how to keep their students’ learning skills fresh over the summer. Thanks go out to these community members for giving their time to make the evening a success: Susan Chipps from the Beverly Branch of the Washington County Library for passing out bookmarks and sharing information about the library’s summer reading program and many other resources available at the library; Jessica Ross for sharing important information about staying safe around water – and the ‘news’ that the Beverly Pool officially opens May 24!; Kathy Doddrill from the Ohio State Extension Office shared healthy summer snack and meal ideas for all ages; Susanne Burchett and Sue Trotter brought free books from the American Legion Auxiliary’s R.I.F. – Reading is Fundamental – program; and John Shreve, Kay Shreve, Linda Schaad, Heather Mahoney, and Kelli Walsh representing the Beverly Lion’s Club lending a hand at all the displays when a spare hand was needed. Other displays included Summer math games, summer reading ideas, travel around the U.S.A., and summer learning packets highlighting summer activities and a ‘heads up’ on skills for next school year.

The evening concluded with a raffle of items purchased with donations from local businesses including: AEP Ohio, B & W Pharmacy, Beverly-Center P.T.O.; Beverly Lion’s Club; Bob Crum Insurance; Corner Store; Dietz, Futrell, and Walters Insurance; Globe Metallurgical Inc.; McCurdy Funeral Home; Sherlock Oil Company, Inc.; Sons of American Legion 389; and the Women’s Auxiliary R.I.F. program. Prizes included flashlights, outdoor toys, and sleeping bags.

The Family Literacy Night was coordinated by reading intervention specialist Beth Hanes and principal Megan Miller.


The Beverly Public Library is gearing up for another summer of fun activities for readers of all ages. Beginning June 9, readers of all ages can stop by the library to sign up for one of several age-appropriate reading groups and get ready for a summer of fun. Programs are available for all ages: Read-to-Me Story time meets Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and is for non-readers through age 6; Elementary school children in grades 1-5 will have two different programs – one meeting Thursday at 11 a.m. and another Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.; older children in grades 6-12 will meet Friday at 1 p.m.; adults are encouraged to participate in ‘Literary Elements’ and build up their hours of summer reading for a gift bag as well as attend the Saturday Book/Movie Club. Families will also be invited to Family Night each Monday at 6 p.m. All summer programs wrap-up July 19.

More details will be announced here and are also available at the library or by calling 984-4060. As always, all programs are free and open to the public.


Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.