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Summer Reading: Two weeks of fun draw to a close at Marion-Perry County Library

The Marion-Perry County Library had two weeks of fun for youth attending their Summer Reading Program. Over the past month, presenters have come to speak and offer interactive experiences for children, which included:

Jamie-Lee Steenkamp of BDA Farms who read The Little Regenerative Farmer, joined by two bottle fed lambs. Steenkamp then helped the children bottle feed both lambs after the reading.

Carmen Coleman with the Extension Office’s Kids & Kin program gave a lesson about the wind. A demonstration followed using a windsock, to illustrate wind speed and direction.

MeMo the Clown made an appearance to show the kids that not all clowns are scary, and offered plenty of fun.

Sutton Moore Gibbs, District Conservationist with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service taught participants about water. A craft followed where Gibbs showed how to make water bracelets. Also I’m attendance for the program were Nikki Strain, District Conservationist, and Lily Sanders, District Coordinator with Perry County Soil and Water.

Susan Jones with Sowing Seeds of Hope accompanied by youth workers from St. Matthews Baptist Church of Louisville, KY, offered a fun day of games and activities. Visiting workers from Louisville were: Adeline Acklin and her mother, Amy Acklin; Lily Gardner; Christina Watson; and McKenzie Outlaw.

Theresa Patterson with the Alabama Department of Education gave a lesson on food and nutrition, with some giveaways following a game session.

Author Dajah Nevaeh, of Marion, read from her recently published book Dajah and The Beast, about her experience having COVID-19. Nevaeh then answered questions from the children.

Upon concluding the summer reading program, the library announced the winners of their summer reading challenge. The winners listed were: Jared Nicholson, Jamari Coleman, Dajah Nevaeh Nemo, Ulman Goode, and Kaylee Edwards.

Following the announcement, the library had an ice cream party furnished with Blue Bell ice cream from the Marion FoodValu. This concluded a month of summer reading and activities offered by the Marion-Perry County Library each summer and another successful year for the program.