Morrison Library’s Dig Into Reading theme for its Summer Reading Program was a big hit with young readers. An average of 75 children attended the program, which took place every Tuesday in June.
The children were visited on the first day by ventriloquist Joyce Carroll. A Cumberland Caverns representative who showed the attendees various cave formations came the second day. Chris and Janet Farley brought lizards, turtle and snakes for everyone to see and learn about on the third day.
Morrison Library director Barbara Cornett entertained the summer reading crowd the final day of the program by reading the story “Stone Soup.” Volunteer Kathy Winton poured ingredients into a large pot as Cornett read. The crowd chuckled when Winton pulled out a can of soup at the end of the presentation.
The children submitted reading logs each week in order to be eligible for various prizes. Many awards were also distributed the final day of the program.
Homeland Community Bank donated the grand prize, a 2013 Silver Eagle coin, which was won by Jaci Howlett. The grand prize winner was drawn from names of 48 children who were present all four weeks.
Names were drawn for prizes including $5 cash, gift cards worth $20 and $10, Gilley Pool passes, dinosaur figurines and books about dinosaurs.
Summer reading volunteer Lana Whitlock took pictures of 72 attendees the first day and presented the children with framed silhouettes on the last day. Whitlock took the entire four weeks to complete the project.
“Lana did an awesome job on the silhouettes. She put a lot of work into those,” said Cornett. “I think it went really well. Participation was very good and the kids seemed to enjoy what we did. We also have awesome staff members who help very much or we couldn’t do it.”
Volunteers who helped with this year’s program were Sue Anderson, Lajuana Baker, Phyllis Covert, Shirley Driver, Sharon Elam, Gladys Jacobs, Mary Jarrell, Lois Smith, Kathy Winton, Melody Woods and Larry Youngblood.
Morrison Library is located at 138 West Maple Street.