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McDuffie library plans summer of reading fun

The Thomson McDuffie County library is offering a comprehensive summer vacation reading program that includes a reading club and an array of activities for children of all ages.

Dubbed FUN-tastic Reading 2005, the circus-themed program kicks off May 21 at the library with a day of exciting activities, said Suzan Harris, library and child services coordinator. Last year about 2,800 children participated in the summer program, Ms. Harris said, and she expects even more involvement this year.

Children can register for the reading club and participate in games and activities during the kickoff. A lunch of hot dogs, side items and Coca-Cola, donated by businesses, is scheduled from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ben & Keeter's Puppets will entertain children starting at 1 p.m., Ms. Harris said.

The summer reading program is designed to be fun and to help children maintain and polish the skills they acquired during the school year.

The Reading Club, open to children of all ages, will encourage a love of books by making reading a leisurely, fun activity, Ms. Harris said. Each week reading club members who visit the library will receive a prize, and a random drawing will be held each week for additional prizes. Reading Club Folders will help students follow their progress, and members will receive certificates for their efforts.

As part of the summer program, several workshops are scheduled that require registration:

  • Clowning Around Tuesday, June 7 at 1 p.m.

  • Lions and Tigers and Bears (balloon art) Wednesday, June 8 at 2 p.m.

  • Watercolors from Apples to Zebras Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. -- 2 p.m.

  • Under the Big Top Wednesday June 22, 2 p.m.

  • The Show Goes On (puppets) Wednesday, July 13, 2 p.m.

    Throughout the summer, several special programs will be offered that do not require registration:

  • Family Fun Night at Monroe Kimbrel Gardens on Tuesday, May 24 starting at 6 p.m. and featuring singer/songwriter/storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin. Bring a picnic supper and blankets or chairs.

  • Presto! Featuring magician Chad Crews Tuesday, May 31 at 1 p.m.

  • High Above the Big Top! By Georgia Southern Raptor Center Friday, June 3 at 2 p.m.

  • Reading Circus Side Show featuring Dr. Tom, mime, juggling, puppets and more, Tuesday, June 14, 3 p.m.

  • The Snake Guy, Steve Scruggs, Friday, June 17, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

  • The Art Bus Pulls In (stop by and create a masterpiece) Tuesday, June 21, 9:30 a.m. -- 2 p.m.

  • Ben & Keeter's Puppets (a different show from the Grand Opening), Tuesday, June 28, 1 p.m.

  • Three Rings of Fun (Cliff Patton, ventriloquist), Tuesday, July 12, 1 p.m.

  • Grand Finale Bubble Mania, Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m.

  • Story Time, June 2-July 7 from 2-2:45 p.m.

    Several local clubs and organizations have helped support the summer program: Friends of the Library, Thomson Kiwanis Club, Watson-Brown Foundation, Wal-Mart, Temple-Inland, IGA, BiLo, Winn-Dixie, Pine Needle Garden Club, Coca Cola of Augusta, Georgia Public Library Service, The McDuffie Mirror, The McDuffie Progress, and WTHO.

    Web posted on Thursday, May 19, 2005

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