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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Monkeys, dragons and more entertain Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua

NASHUA – Members of the Kids Club and Clubhouse programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua were treated to a presentation on Monday, July 21, with New Hampshire storyteller Simon Brooks and brand-new books to keep, thanks to a Summer Readers grant from the Children’s Literacy Foundation.

Brooks led an interactive presentation for 125 youth members. His presentation included folk and fairy tales, as well as exceptional stories that included monkeys, dragons and questionable bakers. ...

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NASHUA – Members of the Kids Club and Clubhouse programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua were treated to a presentation on Monday, July 21, with New Hampshire storyteller Simon Brooks and brand-new books to keep, thanks to a Summer Readers grant from the Children’s Literacy Foundation.

Brooks led an interactive presentation for 125 youth members. His presentation included folk and fairy tales, as well as exceptional stories that included monkeys, dragons and questionable bakers.

At the end of the entertaining, hourlong presentation, all participants were able to select two new books to keep from among hundreds of titles.

The grant also includes an onsite library for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua to provide children even more access to books.

This opportunity is essential to helping members avoid losing their reading and comprehension skills during summer vacation.

“Reading is an essential skill to help our members continue their learning and academic growth through the summer months,” Kids Club Assistant Director Amy Laro said.

“We are grateful to the Children’s Literacy Foundation in helping our organization to achieve of our goals of academic success for all of our youth. This reading opportunity and library will help our young members to develop and strengthen their reading and writing skills in preparation of returning to school in a few short weeks.”

The foundation seeks to reach young readers in New Hampshire and Vermont who are most vulnerable to growing up with low literacy skills.

The presentation at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua is provided through a grant available to social service providers, school-based programs and community organizations that serve at-risk populations in New Hampshire and Vermont. These include low-income families, foster children, teenage parents, migrant workers and refugees.

Other grant recipients include shelters, Head Start programs, ELL classrooms and similar organizations.