Contriving Favorable Literacy Learning Spocesd‘e Opportunities for Children and Young
Adults on Long Vacation: The 2013 Children’s Centre Experience
Ngozi E. Osadebc (MLS),
Prof. Virginia W. Dike and Prof. Obiajulu Emejulu
Department of l.ibrary and Information Science
University of Nigeria Nsukka
In order to promote the literacy of childrcn in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and its environs, the Children ’s Centre Library of the University coordinates a yearly program that provides a literacy learning space offering recreational and educational opportunities and develops literacy in all its forms. This year’s program operated within August 5th-September, 2013, Two hundred and fourteen (214) children between the ages of three and eighteen registered for the program. The children were divided into four classes: Nursery-Kindergaten, Primary 1-3, Primary 4-6 and Secondary.
Prominent among the activities were story hour; the use of big books, making pocket books. comic book writing, drama, dance, cookery, writingr biographies, and computer training. The program revealed that activities like these help in determining where the interest of each child lies, help to develop the intellect of children and with the continuation of activities like these. children will be able to develop their cognitive reasoning and reading habits. It is recommended that extracurricular activities that can promote reading skills should be promoted over and above lessons during vacation.