Dream Big: Read was the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program held at Morrison Library. Library director Barbara Cornett said the program’s goal is to develop a love of reading and to encourage use of the library. There were 88 children, babies through eighth grade, who signed up to participate.
The children were treated to a visit from Ozzie, the Nashville Sounds mascot, during the last day of summer reading on Tuesday. Ozzie was accompanied by Deanna Rothberg, community relations assistant for the Nashville Sounds.
Rothberg read stories, while Ozzie entertained the children with his antics. Rothberg and Ozzie have attended several assemblies, as well as several Summer Reading Programs at various libraries this year to promote the importance of reading. Ozzie autographed bookmarks for the young readers.
Benjamin Davis celebrated his 10th birthday Tuesday while attending the Summer Reading Program. He said seeing Ozzie was his favorite part of the program.
Various entertainers were on hand each week to read stories. Bruce Watson, storyteller, dressed up like Zorro and told the children how he had dreamed of visiting Mexico and was finally able to realize his dream. The children made lightning bugs and lava lamps after his presentation.
Dava Lundquist, Rock Island State Park ranger, visited and brought animals and owls. The children made kaleidoscopes and binoculars.
Pat Bryan visited and shared stories of Indians and told the story of the dream catcher. The children were able to make their own dream catchers after her presentation.
Children were treated to snacks each day and an had an ice cream party on the final day.
Special prizes were awarded to children who listened to the most books or who read the most books during the four-week period, including gift cards and pool passes. All children in attendance were awarded gold dollars, pencils and bookmarks.
Volunteers helping with the program included Sue Anderson, Phyliss Covert, Shirley Driver, Gladys Jacobs, Mary Jarrell, Lois Smith, Kathy Winton and Larry Youngblood.