Clanton summer reading program concludesBy Emily Etheredge Published 4:32pm Friday, July 5, 2013
More than 100 children participated in the 2013 Chilton-Clanton Public Library summer reading program “Dig Into Reading.”
A celebratory program recognizing all of the young readers from ages kindergarten through sixth grade was held on June 26 with special prizes awarded to all of the participants.
“We want to recognize everyone who did a wonderful job reading this summer,” Children’s librarian Renee Edwards said during the program. “We had more than 6,000 books checked out within the month of June which is great.”
The program kicked off on June 1 when kids were allowed to check out books from the Chilton-Clanton Public Library.
The children were allowed to either read the books by themselves or to others and were given a “book log” that was kept at the library with a list of all the books read during the program.
Six-year-old Leah Porter said her favorite books this summer included some of the Junie B. Jones series with her favorite being “Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed.”
“I always like reading those books because I like Junie B. Jones,” Porter said.
Six-year-old Madison Rhodes read 183 books for the program and said her favorite book was “Don’t Call Me Beanhead!” due to the main character in the book looking like Rhodes.
Ben Brown with Sarrell Dental gave a presentation on the importance of properly cleaning teeth before prizes were passed out to each participant in the summer reading program.
Those with the highest amount of books read in each age category were also recognized and received special prizes including gift cards to Books-A-Million.
“We love encouraging the children to read,” Edwards said. “The summer reading program is always lots of fun and we usually have a large turnout of children.”
The top winners in the program included:
Kindergarten through second grade: First place; Madison Rhodes, second place, Sarah King; and third place (tied), Tanasia Jones and Betsy King.
Third and fourth grade: First place, Kristin Wilson; second place, Morgan Landreth; and third place, Brooke Brown.
Fifth and sixth grade: First place, Libbey Warren; second place, James Powers; and third place, Bailey Coggins.