How to freeze four kids, ages 1-6: Read them a picture book, as Nicole Tharp of Coopersburg is doing with her sons, Jude and Simon, who are joined by neighbors Harper, on Nicole’s lap, and Blake.
Everywhere children and adults were sprawled on the floor, reading aloud. Here, Alistair Brunner of Coopersburg points to words as his mother, Ashley, tells him the story.
Books about animals of all sorts were especially popular at the event. Hecia Borges joins her mother Malia, enjoying a story about a moose with an unusual diet.
Donuts, bagels, muffins and various drinks provided energy -- as if the kids needed it. Carolina Velasquez and Johan Torres opt for muffins.
Backpacks for school were offered to kids at the event. Kim Geuehe’s older boys, Henry and Frankie, triy theirs on for size. Their younger brother, Peter, is interested in other things.
Simeon Young works on a paper bookmark shaped like a bat while his mother, Josephine Young, directs his sister, Selah, to other activities.
PRESS PHOTOS BY DENNIS GLEWAimee Candelario, a rising senior at Liberty HS, volunteered at the event to “pay back Cops ‘n Kids” for the books they gave her when she was little. She plans to enroll in second-year calculus at Moravian College during the fall semester. After high school, she intends to study engineering.
Sibgha Kashmiri brings her son, Rayyan, and daughter, Yumna, to many events sponsored by ArtsQuest. Here the children are making a beeline for the book giveaway.
Back to school - Six Bethlehem nonprofits partner for free event
On Aug. 16 roughly 40 children and their mothers visited the National Museum of Industrial History for the final event in a summer reading program. The program was jointly sponsored by The National Museum of Industrial History, the Bethlehem Area Public Library, Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites, Artsquest, PBS39, and Cops ‘n’ Kids Lehigh Valley.
These six organizations joined to sponsor programs that promote literacy throughout the year. Every week during June and July participants in the program were welcome to visit each nonprofit to hear award-winning children’s books.
During the final program at NIMH, children had the opportunity to sort through books that had been donated by the sponsoring organizations. There was no charge for the books they selected.
Then they could stop at one of the tables set up with the material they would need to make a bat-shaped bookmark. There was at least one volunteer at each table to provide assistance to any child needing help. Attendees worked intently on their bookmarks.
When their child’s bookmark was finished, some of the mothers read the book or books selected to their children.