June 13, 2012 Edition

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New children's
librarian enjoying job

Lawrence County Children's Library DeAnna Lewis straightens a display in the children's section of the library. Lewis is making final preparations for the Summer Reading Program, "Dream Big - READ," which begins on Tuesday.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Gretchen Hunt

DeAnna Lewis of Smithville is making preparations for her first Summer Reading Program as the new children's librarian at the Lawrence County Library .

Lewis, who has been in that position since March, said she is enjoying the job very much.

After 10 years as a teacher, including five as a fifth-grade teacher at Hoxie School and five as an elementary teacher at Black Rock School, she said a break from the requirements put on teachers and students has been a welcome change.

"I like being able to work with kids on literacy through sharing books with them and not having to deal with the standards and testing," she said.

Lewis earned her bachelor's degree in early childhood elementary education from Arkansas State University. She is also considering the possibility of pursuing her master's degree in library science.

Library Director Ashley Burris said she is thrilled to have Lewis as part of her staff.

"It is wonderful to have someone with DeAnna's credentials in this position," she said.

Dream Big is theme

This year's Summer Reading Program has the theme "Dream Big - READ."

"I'm looking forward to watching the kids come in and get excited about all the activities we are going to do," Lewis said.

The program will kick off Tuesday with a presentation by the Activated Storytellers at 2 p.m.

Other activities include: June 26, 2 p.m., Rocky Clements magic show; July 3, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., craft and story time; July 10, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Lake Charles wildlife program; and July 17, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., craft and story time.

The program will conclude on July 24 with a performance by Brian and Terri Kinder at 2 p.m.

Lewis said she will also be taking the program on the road to Walnut Ridge School's Vacation Station and Hoxie School's Mustang Camp.

There will also be a program for tweens on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Designed for those ages nine to 12, the program will include a craft and book chats.

Burris said Lewis has filled her role with ease, being very proactive about making plans for the Summer Reading Program and other activities.

"I haven't had to encourage her or assist her," Burris said. "She has really taken the ball and run with it."

Lewis and her husband, Alvin, have three children, Levi, 16, Sam, nine and Lily, seven. She is the daughter of Ken and Vickie Cole of Hoxie and is a graduate of Black Rock High School.

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