The library would like to remind everyone about the Summer Reading Program. This program is for children and adults. The Kick-off to summer reading is scheduled for Friday, June 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST at the LaFayette library. The theme this year is, On your mark, get set…READ. At that time you may sign up for the reading program, receive a reading log and start checking out books.
Activities include: soda ring toss, crafts, a cake walk, visit from Aubie the Tiger, pony rides, games and more. New this year is a visit from Callaway Gardens Birds of Prey Show. Enjoy looking at and learning about a variety of birds and their habitats. A rabbit, turtle and snake will also make an appearance for everyone to enjoy. The show starts at 6:30 p.m.
You may have noticed that the name of the program has changed. It is now the Sylvia Word McCullough Summer Reading Program. This is because in August 2015, Sylvia Word McCollough made a substantial donation to the Chambers County Library to be used over the next 20 years to provide special incentives to encourage local children to read.
“It came from my heart,” said Mrs. McCollough about the donation. She had difficulty reading as a child and hoped her gift would help children overcome the problems she experienced.
Mrs. McCollough felt a special connection to Bradshaw Library because the land the library is built on was once owned by her family.
Sadly, Mrs. McCollough passed away on January 29, 2016, but through her contribution, the summer reading program will be an even more enriching and rewarding experience for the children of Chambers County. She believed that reading could make a difference in children’s lives, and through her amazing gift, she is leaving a legacy for an entire generation to discover the joy of reading.
As a result of this donation the library is happy to announce a new incentive called, “Book Bucks”. Children will earn one Book Buck for each book read this summer. Book Bucks can be redeemed at the Library Store. Book Bucks store hours are listed in the summer reading brochure available at the library.
The first 120 Summer Readers who read 100 short shelf books or 50 tall shelf books will be invited to a free bowling and dinner party. This reading incentive will include two hours of bowling and a dinner for the reader at Valley Bowl in August. Come by the library to pick up a brochure for more details.
Children that read 100 short shelf books or 50 tall shelf books will receive a backpack and a box of school supplies from Kits for Kids. More information is available at the library.
In addition to all of these fun prizes and incentives, the library will host programs for children, teens and adults. Some of the Monday programs include: Making kool-aid playdough, making your own butter, Cookie Monster cookie decoration party, a Disney party, sassy sock day, pajama storytime and stuffed animal sleepover.
Thursday programs will be filled with fun activities like: juggling, circus acts, stories with balloon animals, science experiments, animal encounters and much more.
Adults are encouraged to read with us this summer too. They will have an opportunity to read for fun prizes and have their name entered into a weekly prize drawing. Please stop by the library for more details and to pick up an Adult Reading Schedule.
Sylvia Word McCollough Summer Reading Program schedules and brochures are available at the library. These pamphlets list every program scheduled at Bradshaw and Lafayette libraries. Reading rules and details are included. Please stop by and pick up your copy so you and your family will be ready for a fun and rewarding summer.