Library says more than 69,000 books were read this summer by children

Published 5:17 pm Friday, July 26, 2019

VALLEY — Friday was Awards Day at Bradshaw-Chambers County Library.

It marked a successful conclusion to the 2019 Summer Reading Program. There was a total of 1,029 registered readers with 69,420 books read.

“We want to thank all the parents, grandparents, other relatives, family friends and other caregivers who helped keep them focused in our Sylvia Word McCullough Reading Program,” Library Director Mary Hamilton said.

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Mrs. McCullough, who died in 2016, made a very generous gift to the library that will help carry on summer reading programs for many years to come.

Hamilton thanked local sponsors, who collectively contributed $20,000 to help fund this year’s programs, which included a Touch a Truck Family Night, visits from juggler Todd Key, magician Arthur Atsma, earring artist Cecilia Lashley, yoga instructor Rachel Snoddy, ventriloquist Marc Griffiths, Lew E the Clown, a History Detectives Club, a STEM Week and other fun activities to keep the kids engaged all summer long.

“The biggest thank you goes to our many readers,” Hamilton said. “You guys are great.”

There were four separate awards programs, with each one of them filling up the main floor.

“There was no way we could get them all in at one time,” Hamilton said.