Kachina Trotter concentrates on coloring her animal mask at Kilgore Memorial Library. The library hosted a “Book Buddy” story time, pairing York Elementary School BOOST participants with their younger counterparts.

YORK—York Elementary School students enrolled in the Summer BOOST program spent quality time with some “littles” for “Book Buddies.”

BOOST is meant to provide kids safe and engaging programs when school is not in session, and parents might be at work.

The older BOOST students paired up with younger kids for activities and a story time – read by some of the “big kids.”

Kilgore Memorial Library Educational Outreach Coordinator Carol Baker reached out to the BOOST program for Book Buddies. In the most recent installment, the kids first burned off a bit of energy doing the Chicken Dance.

Book Buddy partners made animal masks to wear during a special story, read by four BOOST students. The “big kids” read “Boo-Hoo Moo” by Margie Palatini. In it, Hilda Mae Heifer is down in the dumps – her moo sounds like a “boo-hoo.” Her animal friends pitch in to help Heifer get her boisterous “moo” back. As the book was read, kids made the animal noises associated with their masks.

Site Coordinator Karina Lauber said mentorship-like activities – such as Book Buddies -- help instill important character traits in the older kids, like how to be respectful and be a good example.

“We have a little bit of education, we have a little bit of fun,” Lauber said.

Other BOOST events have involved trips to Wessels Living History Farm, the Yorkshire Playhouse and others.

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