Wednesday, May 25, 2016

“On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!” Summer Library Program

The Winston County Library is getting ready for three different reading programs for children and teens. “The theme for this summer is focused on sports and healthy activities, and we have some great programs lined up that will be lots of fun.,” said librarian Beth Edwards. 

Children 3-5 can enjoy the “Tiny Titans Storytime” program each Tuesday in June from 9:30 – 10:30. Children’s librarian Andrea Howard will entertain with stories, music, puppets and crafts. Awards Day will be Tuesday, June 28 at 9:30.

Children entering first through fifth grades will enjoy the “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!” program this summer. Programs for this age group will be held every Tuesday in June from 2:00 – 3:00. Snakeman will start us off on Tuesday, June 7 at 2:00, co-sponsored by GT Physical Therapy and Crowson Auto World; Magician Dorian LaChance will host a sports magic show on Tuesday, June 14, sponsored by Bennett’s Do-It Center; and for the first time, the Bi-Okoto Dance Company from Cinncinati, OH will teach children rhythm, dance and drums on Tuesday, June 21 at 2:00. This program is being sponsored by Taylor Machine Works. Awards Day will be on Tuesday, June 28 from 2:00-3:00. The festivities will include a fire truck spraying water, face painting, sno cones and games. Grand prizes for this reading program will be a $50 Wal-Mart gift card, and a girls’ and boys’ bicycle.

In addition, we will have magician Tommy Terrific perform his “Baseball Magic” show on Wednesday, July 20 from 2:00 – 3:00. All children/teens are invited. This program is sponsored by Fair Propane, Inc. “We have been trying for a few years to get Tommy Terrific here at the library and we’ve finally succeeded this year!” says librarian Beth Edwards.

“Get In The Game, READ!” is the teen program this summer for young adults entering sixth through twelfth grades. These programs will be held every Monday in June from 2:00 – 3:00. An MSU athlete will be on hand Monday, June 6th at 2:00 to meet with the teens, answer questions and talk about being responsible and healthy. Bill Blackwell from the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame will tell teens about the history of sports in Mississippi on Monday, June 13 at 2:00, sponsored by Rives & Reynolds Lumber Company, Inc.. Local ceramist and artist Susan Clark (Feat of Clay) will do a ceramics workshop, sponsored by Polo Custom Products.

On Monday June 20 at 2:00. Teen Awards Day/Wet ‘N Wild Day will be held on Monday, June 27 from 2:00 – 3:30. The Grand Prize for the Teen Reading Award will also be a $50 Wal-Mart gift card.

“We are so fortunate to have local businesses sponsor these wonderful programs each year,” said Edwards. “Without them, we would not be able to have the high level of educational and entertaining programming that we offer the children. In addition to our corporate sponsors, the Louisville Banker’s Association and the LHS Class of 1959 will provides funding for prizes.”

Registration for all programs begins Monday, May 23 and will be open for several weeks. Only books checked out from the Winston County Library will be counted on reading logs. All programs are free. Only parents or legal guardians may register their children for the summer library programs. Grandparents, babysitters, relatives, and other caregivers may bring the child to the programs and activities offered by the library.

The Winston County Library is a branch of the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System, located in Kosciusko, MS.