One year ago this week, we introduced you to Bright Ideas:
For Bright Young Minds. Through the past year, this column has
given young and old alike brain-teasing activities, weekly
information about our home state, library updates and
challenges, as well as a few giggles.
“Bright Ideas came out of a desire to offer elementary school
children something to enjoy and learn from each week in the
newspaper,” said Lisa Sheldon, its creator. “It also may lead
our young readers to look at other parts of the paper and
possibly learn about current events in their own county.”
Each week, Bright Ideas has Activity Alley, which includes
word scrambles, crossword puzzles, The Chronicle Code, word
finds, mazes, recipes, etc.; Knowing Home, which quizzes readers
about wild, wonderful West Virginia; Library Lookout, which
spot-lights different aspects of Calhoun County Library, gives
challenge questions and answers, highlights children’s book, and
gives biography bits on children’s authors; and Silly Shots,
which show-cases some of the goofiest jokes ever.
Sheldon is advertising director
of The Calhoun Chronicle. She is an advocate for children’s
activities at Calhoun County Library, and, last summer, she was
a driving force behind the Reading Rewards Program and the
revamped Summer Story Series. She is already working on these
programs for the upcoming summer break.
“Reading is the key to literacy and literacy is the key for
our children to become active, productive adults. So, whether it
is books, magazine articles or the newspaper, encouraging
children to read has some of the longest lasting benefits you
can pass on to the children you love,” said Sheldon.
Bright Ideas is all set for another fun and informative year.
Take a few minutes and look for it each week.