September 2, 2009 Edition

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Wearing face paint for Mime Day during the summer reading program are (from left): Samantha Gomes, Kimi Lovelady, Tonya Catron and Tammi Davis.
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Library completes fun, successful
summer program of reading

Gabby Graves has fun during feet painting.
Frank M. Witowski Jr.
Staff Writer

It was a summer that children's librarian Tammi Davis and participants in the Lawrence County Library's summer reading program will never forget.

From feet painting to an egg drop contest, enjoying loud music day and creating African and Aztec masks, as well as other activities, there was plenty of fun to be had by Lawrence County children.

The library also received a visit from magician Rocky Clements and singing by Brian and Terri Kinder, as well as the group called the Kiddos.

According to Davis, there were more than 200 children participating in the summer programs each week and almost 750 total for the summer.

This year's theme was "Get Creative." Davis said the participants had a good time and definitely got creative.

"This (program) is to get them to read," Davis said. "I want them to read. They can go so many places if they read, and they have a ball." Davis said that she has the only job where you can get on the floor and finger paint.

Davis said Robby Cullum, Andrew Coker, Jessica Stevens and Bridget Sloan were the "Tween" reader winners. They each received $25 gift cards.

Twins Emma and Cailin Jones were the first place winners for reading 461 books and won a big plastic swimming pool from the library. Second place winners were Tabitha and Nick Bryant, and they won a smaller pool. Kimberly Blair won a bucket of goodies given away as part of the program. Alexi Featherstone was the winner at the Mustang Camp at Hoxie School.

Kristina Balentine won a large pool from the Driftwood Library in Lynn for reading over 300 books, while Summer Doyle won a basket and small pool from the Driftwood Library. The program also assisted children in Alicia and at the Walnut Ridge School.

Davis said there was not an official contest for the Teens group involved in the summer reading program, but they enjoyed learning how to mime.

Davis considered the summer reading program a huge success because "I had so many kids that read ~ it was wonderful!"

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