Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
Fulton, NY – Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s CYO Summer Program has collaborated with the Fulton Public Library to enable participants in the CYO Summer Program to discover the joy of reading.
Beginning July 10 representatives from the Fulton Public Library will visit the CYO Summer Program three days a week. Each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday participants in the CYO Summer Program will be able to enjoy a book reading, discover the world of e-books, and learn more about the Fulton Public Library and what it has to offer young people.
“We are happy to be working with the library on this project,” said CYO Supervisor, Stacie Roberts. “We wanted to take our reading program to a new level and thanks to this collaboration we are able to. Each reading session will be very interactive, as all those choosing to attend will be encouraged to participate. It will be a fun way for children to develop and improve their reading skills.”
Betty Maute, director of the Fulton Public Library, said that the collaboration with CYO is the first of its kind and another example of the library’s community outreach.
“We are always looking for opportunities to spread the word about the library and everything we have to offer children and adults. Recently we have participated in Arts Fest, the Memorial Day Celebration, and the Fulton Junior High School Scholastic Book Fair. It’s important to encourage children to use their imagination and experience the joys of reading,” said Maute.
Fulton Public Library reading sessions will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the CYO facilities located at Catholic Charities of Oswego County, 365 W. First St.
The Fulton Public Library will host a reading program for pre-school children on Fridays at 10 a.m. throughout the summer at the library.
The library will also be hosting several special events including, a presentation from artist, Michael Albert from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 11; a magic show at 11 a.m. on Aug. 4; and presentations with animals from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at 10 and 11 a.m. on Aug. 22.
Located at 160 S. First St., the Fulton Public Library is open Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed Sunday and Monday.
The CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation Program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County begins July 9 and will continue through Aug. 24.
CYO’s trained staff supervises all activities and assists all participants as needed to ensure that they receive the full benefits of the program as well as help in their physical and emotional development. The program is offered free of charge to children in grades 2 through 8 in Oswego County and is held Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Children receive a free lunch daily through the USDA Summer Feeding Program sponsored by Oswego County Opportunities or they can bring their own if they wish to.
The CYO Summer Drop-in Recreation program is funded in part by the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the NYS Office of Children and Families, and the City-County Youth Bureau of Oswego County. For more information on the program call Roberts at 315-598-3980 ext 254.
For more information on the Fulton Public Library, call 315-592-5159.
Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego, and private donations by individuals, local companies, and organizations.