By Starkville Daily News
You read many books! You saw many wonders!
You traveled through stories…here, there and yonder! Oh, traveling troops of this marvelous town, tremendous congrats…a victorious sound: You did it, kids!
You read over 4,740 books this summer as we traveled around the world through stories. And what a trip it was!
Whether competing in Dewey’s Amazing Race or crafting and flying cultural kites, Starkville’s children had a wonderful summer journey at the library.
From a Chinese dance demonstration to the Puppet Arts Theatre’s performance of Peter and the Wolf to Autumn Morningstar’s captivating performance filled with magic and Native American storytelling, this summer’s festivities gave ample opportunity for kids to enjoy tales from around the world.
Children’s librarian Laura Tramel challenged the kids that for every 700 books read during the summer, she would eat something strange or mysterious from one of the earth’s seven continents. The kids rose to the challenge, and the summer fun ended with “Miss Laura Eats the World,” where Miss Laura ate foods (scorpion, jellyfish, etc.) from six of the seven continents and the kids enjoyed a piñata and tasty larvets (worm snacks).
The library would like to thank the following local businesses for contributing to this year’s summer reading program: Applebee’s, Bumpers, Chili’s, Hardee’s, McAlister’s, and Zaxby’s.
Thanks is extended to the following people for sharing their time and expertise during summer reading events: the Borazjani family, members of the Iranian Student Association, Dr. Bob Damm, the Dinep-Schneider family, Randell Foxworth, Sheila Jeffries, Yakun Liu, Florencia Meyer, Nathan Wofford, Terell Ashford, Rosalba Oppedal, Jeff Poston, and many supportive parents.
The library is especially grateful for the many college and teen volunteers: Tyler Blanton, Marina Fabel, Sara Gill, Elyse Hunt, Chrissy Hurst, Benjamin Jamerson, Jordan Lewis, Jesse Little, Angelica Maiers, Zach Meints, Rebecca Sepaugh, Sarah Sepaugh, Eli Stewart, Kati Tillman, Sarah Tramel, Carroll Barbour, Josie Lewis, Chris Ruhs, Daniel Dearing, and Alon Blakeney.
Special thanks to Starkville Community Church for providing volunteers for various events, sponsoring three events teaching improvisational skills to kids and teens, and donating funds to provide new children’s books for the library.
A very special thanks to the Friends of the Library for their constant support; they provided funding for paid performers and program supplies as well as new books for the children of our community.
Although our summer sojourn has come to an end, let’s keep on journeying into the world of wonderful books. Tiny Tots (ages 3 and younger) meet on Wednesdays from 9:30-9:45 a.m. for a time of fingerplays, songs, and shorter stories/board books. Preschool Story Hour (ages 3 to 6 years old), an hour of stories, fingerplays, songs and a short craft, is held on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and repeated at 1:30 p.m.
The fall start date for both Tiny Tots and Preschool Story Hour is Wednesday, August 31.
Upper elementary students (4th-6th graders) are invited to read and discuss The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick this fall starting on Tuesday, August 30th at 4 p.m..
Mr. Selznick describes his mysterious and magical book in a letter to his readers: “I’ve used the lessons I learned from Remy Charlip and other masters of the picture book to create something that is not a exactly a novel, not quite a picture book, not really a graphic novel, or a flip book or a movie, but a combination of all these things.”