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Library's summer reading program kickoff set for Saturday

Once upon a time there were knights and princesses, swords and shields, kings and treasure along the Bartram Trail Regional Library System - or at least, there will be this summer. Add snakes, magic tricks and fairy wings, and composition of a fun reading program is complete.


Thomson McDuffie County librarian and child services coordinator Suzan Harris tells a story during a recent Thomson Rotary Club meeting.

"We push reading for fun in the summer," said Suzan Harris, Thomson McDuffie County librarian and child services coordinator. "And that fun reading will help them maintain and increase the skills that they've learned during the school year."

The vacation reading program this year is themed "Once Upon a Time." The kick-off day will be at the library from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, May 20. Ms. Harris said a lunch of hot dogs, chips and cokes will be served from noon until 1 p.m., and a show by Peter Hart's Puppets will be at 2 p.m.

Children may register Saturday for the reading club - a program where the students receive certificates for reading at least 10 books. Preschool children receive a certificate for having 10 books read to them. Each week, Ms. Harris said club members receive a different prize just for visiting the library.

In addition to the reading club, adventuresome programs and craft workshops will be held throughout the summer for all children. Ms. Harris said approximately 3500 children participated in the programs last summer. She said 723 children read over 11,000 books in last summer's reading club.

"So we would like to see a thousand children this summer, and we would like them to read 20,000 books," she said.

Adventures continuing through the summer include:

  • Snakes Alive! with Steve Scruggs at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 23. "We have 300+ people in here every time he comes," Ms. Harris said.

  • Hysterical History with storyteller Peter Bonner at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 6. This program will be at the Watson Brown Foundation, 310 Tom Watson Way, and is sponsored by the Watson Brown Junior League.

  • Todd Key's Flying Debris at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 8. "He's just crazy fun," Ms. Harris said.

  • Savannah River Wildlife Center at 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 13.

  • Adella the Storyteller at 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 20. "She's a member of The Young Audience; she's originally from New Orleans, and she tells folk tales and stuff," Ms. Harris said.

  • Ventriloquist/Magician Cliff Patton at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 11.

  • Knights and Ladies Award Program with Magic with Chad Crews at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 22. "He has a snake in his program, too; so the kids are getting the snakes three times this summer."

    Craft workshops are for children 7 years old and older. Because the crafts require supplies, space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Craft workshops are:

  • Knights and Fairy Tales at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, presented by Pine Needle Garden Club. Children may choose to paint wooden swords or make fairy wings. Registration begins May 22.

  • Welcome to the Kingdom at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 14. Decorate crowns and wooden shields. Registration begins June 5.

  • Once Upon a Time...there was a treasure box... at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 28 with Jill Crutfield. Create book-shaped treasure boxes. Registration begins June 19.

  • Heraldry at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 5. Design your own coat of arms on large shields. Registration begins June 26.

    Smaller children, ages 4 and older, will be enchanted with story times held at the library at 11 a.m. every Thursday June 1 through July 6. There will be no story time on June 8. Ms. Harris will also visit local childcare centers each week for a story time.

    The vacation reading program ends on Saturday, July 22. The library is located at 338 Main Street in Thomson. The phone number is 706-595-1341. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday.

    Web posted on Thursday, May 18, 2006

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