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Reading program deemed success

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

By Darlene Young

Special to the Tribune

The summer of 2011 was great for Marshall County Memorial Library: our Summer

Reading Program was a huge success.

The "One World, Many Voices" 2011 Summer Reading program kicked off with WSMV

Channel 4's Snowbird, who read his way into everyone's heart and had both children and parents laughing out loud. The children were enthralled with Runaway Puppet Theater's creative performance of "A Trio of Trickster Tales." Using adorable puppets, they presented tales from Africa, North America and India. From Art Circle Public Library

Susie Randleman and her puppet Quakers the Duck came to visit. The duo sang, told stories and had us rolling on the floor laughing. Mr. History (Derek Cameron) did a wonderful program transporting a captivated audience back to Ancient Rome, complete with weapons, and shields and helmets that we could try on.

This year the Library offered reading programs for all age groups. A total of 14,970 minutes were read and a total of 769 books. Reading participants, after reading a designated amount of minutes, were allowed to turn in tokens for the prize drawing held at closing on June 30. Story time participants were given prizes for each week they attended. Thanks to our sponsors no one went away empty handed.

In July and August we kicked off our Pennies for Pets drive with proceeds benefiting

PAWS Now (Promoting Animal Welfare in the South). Participants were given reading logs and bags to put their pennies in. Their sponsors would donate one penny for every minute that was read. All our participants did a fantastic job surpassing the Library's

goal to raise $179. These proceeds will be going towards the purchase of a new gate in the renovated Animal Shelter.

We'll be making plans soon for next year's summer reading program, so come and visit

us at the Library to keep in touch with upcoming events. If you see a sponsor - say thank

you, for they made it all possible.

We received such wonderful financial support from our sponsors - Ascend Credit Union, Burger King, Duck River Electric Membership Corp., First Commerce Bank, First National Bank, Lawlers Barbecue, Don and Betsye Ledford, Okay Tire & Brake Center, and Walker Die Casting - that we were able to offer weekly prizes, performers, and wonderful reading incentives.