Library summer reading program begins with science and singing

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

By Rachel Cook

Staff Writer

Though the turnout was limited by the rain, around 30 children and their parents arrived at Marshall County Memorial Library last Thursday morning for the kickoff of its summer reading program. This annual event typically features prizes, incentives, and special guests to encourage people of all ages to read as many books as they can within a month, and this year is no exception. "Fizz Boom Read," as the 2014 program is called, focuses on science and learning about our natural world through books.

Librarian Darlene Young was pleased to open the festivities by welcoming children's entertainer Rachel Sumner to the library. This talented lady treated the assembled kids to singing, dancing, guitar-playing, puppets, and even a demonstration of how to use a turkey baster as an instrument. First there was a song about travelling back through time to see the dinosaurs. Then Sumner taught some 10 and 11 year olds how to play the spoons -- while teaching everyone about the human skeleton -- with the song "Dry Bones." Once everyone had gotten up and danced, including the librarian, the children helped Sumner to sing Raffi's "Brush Your Teeth," complete with sound effects. Turkey basters filled with water provided a break from the musical numbers and an easy demonstration of how pitch changes in music. Finally, the last 10 minutes were spent talking (and singing) about insects and arachnids, with a marvellous caterpillar puppet that changed into a butterfly and a new arrangement of "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" written by Sumner herself. By the end of the program, no child was unenthusiastic, many of them staying afterwards to ask Sumner questions and see the caterpillar again.

Upcoming program events are sure to be an equal success, with a visit from Snowbird tomorrow morning and a special, weather-themed storytime on the 19th.

The closing ceremonies, featuring a visit from Mr. Rich the Science Guy and the announcement of prize winners, will take place on the 26th. Until the 25th, when reading logs are due, any interested children or adults can drop by the library to get the worksheets if they want to participate. For more information, call (931) 359-3335.