Leader Blues

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

NEIGHBORS >> Cabot author reads to children

BY MELISSA TUCKER
Leader managing editor

IN SHORT: Cabot author and resident Katy Duffield read her book about Farmer McPeepers to children and their families at the Arlene Cherry Memorial Library, where the summer reading program kicked off on Monday.

Arlene Cherry Memorial Library hosted children’s author and Cabot resident Katy Duffield on May 31. She read her new book “Farmer McPeepers and His Missing Milk Cows” and “Click, Clack, Moo,” written by Doreen Cronin to 30 children and 17 parents who attended.

Duffield also played games with the children including one called “This little cow eats grass,” which was a play off of the “this little piggy” finger game children play.

It ended on the pinky finger with “and this little one eats grass and just lays around,” said head librarian Christine Williams.
Duffield also autographed and sold several of her books at the event. The library kicked off the summer reading program for children and young adults on Monday. “We usually have about 700 sign up each year,” Williams said.

Participants keep a log of the books they’ve read and for each level — 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 books — they will get a prize, which could be a toy or coupon from an area restaurant.

“We stop counting at 100,” Williams said.

The theme for the program this year is “Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales” for children and “Creature Features” for young adults.
Williams said the program is “a good way for children to keep up with their reading over the summer, and I think the teachers appreciate that also.”

On July 13, a party will be held to celebrate the end of the reading program. Almost like a carnival, games, food and activities outside, as well as a magic show inside the library.