When it comes to keeping kids excited about reading, the Maury County Public Library knows its business. The library offers an array of fun, reading-based activities for children, from toddlers to teens.
“We have a great children’s librarian, Mecca Caron, and she does various programs throughout the year,” says Adam Southern, reference librarian. “The biggest is the summer reading program.”
The program kicks off with a carnival outdoors and continues with Wacky Wednesdays, when different performers entertain children in the library basement. The popular program is suitable for preschool, elementary and middle school students.
“We’ll have up to 300 kids,” Southern says. “It gets pretty cramped down there, but it’s a great way to keep kids involved with reading while they’re out of school.”
Loyal Harry Potter fans have their own club that meets at the library once a month. The Harry Potter Club’s activities are based on events depicted in the popular book series, such as a Sorting Hat Ceremony and a Yule Ball. Members also complete learning projects and take exams to earn points for their “house.”
The Shakespeare Community Club provides an opportunity for children and adults to explore Shakespeare’s works through discussion, readers’ theater – even occasional mock sword fights. The youngest library patrons enjoy stories, crafts and games while developing a love for books during Preschool Story Time, which takes place at 10 a.m. every weekday except Wednesday.
The Reading Paws program connects young readers with dogs that are specially trained to sit and listen to a story or just keep someone company. About once a quarter, the library hosts princess parties, when little girls get to dress up, have tea and cupcakes, and do crafts and activities. Other offerings for teens and youngsters include game times, author visits and volunteer opportunities.
“There’s always something going on,” Southern says. Visit www.maurycountylibrary.org for more information.