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Library offers summer reading program for children

Toddlers to 10 years old can spend the month of June participating in reading activities at the Marjorie Walker McCrary Memorial Library at 204 E. Second St.

The theme of this year’s summer reading program is “Dream Big, Read.” Librarian Shirley McGraw explained the theme is meant to communicate the idea that children can dream being what they want to be and that there are books that can fulfill those dreams.

Library staff have several activities planned during the month. Every Tuesday is story time, every Wednesday is Bunny Tales for toddlers and every Thursday is movie day. Activities start at 10 a.m. Each story time has a craft, such as making owl cookies and dream catchers. She also said two gifts would be given away at each story time.

Tommy Terrific will entertain with a magic show at 10:30 a.m. June 28. The end of summer reading party with pizza, drinks and a gift bag will be at 10:30 a.m. on June 29.

In another activity, McGraw said, children will write down their dreams, then put them into a dream boat. The children also will wear pajamas, eat cookies and drink milk on June 13.

“I think the program keeps them [children] reading in the summer to not forget things when they go back to school,” she said. “It [reading] helps engage their minds. If they read a story, then they will think about what they read, about the characters in the book, and they ask questions.”

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