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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

NEIGHBORS >> Summer reading successful event

Special to the Leader
The 2006 Summer Reading Program at Arlene Cherry Memorial Library was a great success, according to Christine Williams, librarian.

The program began June 5 and ended with the party July 8.

There were 629 children and 66 young adults who participated in the program.

Children set up in two groups received awards throughout the course of the program for reading as many books as they could.

According to Williams, children were awarded with rubber bracelets, T-shirts, fun hats, water bottles and even some gift certificates from local businesses.

“Children received certificates for full meals and such from Dixie Cafe and others,” she said.
Prizes were awarded in increments of 10 books read, 25 books, 50 books, 75 books and 100 books read.
Children had help from their parents finding age-appropriate books to read.

The American Library Association decides the theme for the region, Williams said.

This years’ theme was ‘Claws, Paws, Scales, and Tales’ for young children and for the young adults ‘Creature Feature.’
Each special guest and event planned for the end-of-the-program party was selected with the theme in mind. Children enjoyed food, refreshments, outdoor activities as well as visiting with small creatures inside the library. Assisted by their carriers, children were even able to touch the special creatures.

Aside from Williams, Dixie Lewis, the children’s librarian, and Doyle Jean Jones, the young adults librarian, helped plan and facilitate this year’s program

This is an annual event so parents and children can look forward to next year’s shortly after school is dismissed for the summer, Williams said.

For more information on this program and others contact Williams at (501) 843-7661.