Summer Reading Program great success

By Librarian Fran Smith
Webster County Public Library

The 2014 Summer Reading Program at the Webster County Public Library was a great success with over 100 children attending. From seeing a 9-foot python snake to making a beautiful butterfly, the children learned and were entertained during the month of June.

Jordan Gaskin touches the snake as Jeb Sisk looks on

Jordan Gaskin touches the snake as Jeb Sisk looks on

Kim McDaniel helps children make a butterfly.

Kim McDaniel helps children make a butterfly.

Keetha Mosley from the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition talks with the children about not smoking.

Keetha Mosley from the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition talks with the children about not smoking.

Pat Ray entertains the children as she reads "The Day The Crayons Quit."

Pat Ray entertains the children as she reads “The Day The Crayons Quit.”

On June 3, Keith Wood from Kentucky-based Animal Tales brought five different animals, including a python, a large frog, a large spider, a large rodent and a toucan, as well as a smaller snake for the brave children to get up close and touch. He explained how the animals lived, ate and survived.
On June 10, Pat Ray entertained the children with her hilarious animated reading of “The Day the Crayons Quit,” followed by a watercolor painting activity.
Pam Awad, a representative from the Mississippi State University Extension Service, read “Why Can’t I Fly?” a story about an ostrich that wanted to fly. After the story, the children made paper airplanes and had a contest to see whose plane traveled farther.
June 24 brought Kim McDaniel to the library to read two books, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “The Grouchy Ladybug.” After the stories were read the children made beautiful butterflies with resealable bags, tissue paper, glitter and beads.
Keetha Mosley with the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition also presented a story and lesson each week related to the misuse of tobacco as well as bringing prizes for each child. After each program, the children were presented with bags filled with bookmarks, pencils, notepads, colors and treats.
The library thanks the sponsors of the Summer Reading Program, Eye Clinic of Eupora, Duncan Veterinary Clinic, Deweese Payroll Advance, State Farm Insurance, Belinda Stewart Architects, CB&S Bank, Bonita Martin and Friends of the Webster County Library, for their support through money and prizes.

Children have a contest to see whose paper airplane will travel the farthest.

Children have a contest to see whose paper airplane will travel the farthest.