There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than to read a good book that takes you magical places. The Papillion-La Vista School's Foundation's Summer Library Program helps children continue reading through the summer by participating in the Summer Library Program at local elementary schools.

Due to proximity or access to public libraries, economic factors, and busy parent schedules, not every student gets to read as much as they would like to during the summer. Thanks to dedicated media specialists, select elementary school libraries across the district are open at least once a week for six weeks for students to read and check out books this summer. All students, including incoming kindergarten through outgoing sixth graders who reside in Papillion La Vista Community Schools are invited to participate.

The Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation provides funding to pay media specialists for their time, a donation to each participating school, and a stipend to purchase extra supplies to make Summer Library an outstanding program for all participants.

At La Vista West Elementary School, media specialist Natalie Masada strives to educate students the value of books and imagination. Through crafts, story time, and activities students are able to be engaged two times a week in the library.

Masada works with students and volunteers two times a week in the school’s media center. Guest speakers surprise the students and read during story time. Guest speakers include the school’s teachers and local police officers. Students are incented to read a certain number of books over the summer by being rewarded with a prize at the end. Most students check out one to two books every week.

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