For three decades, young minds have learned to explore the rich material found in the printed word via the Claiborne County Public Library and its annual Summer Reading Programs.
This year, 101 county kids got involved in “Fizz, Boom, Read,” where they stretched their imagination muscles while engaging in a wide range of live programs geared toward enhancing the joy of reading.
Those who participated managed to read 1,735 books during the eight-week program. Special guests included magician Michael Messing, ventriloquist Gene Cordova, Mr. Bond the Science Guy and Ronald McDonald.
Barry Mitchell and Sam the Turtle made the “Boomtastic Show” a hit with the audience while real, live monkeys put smiles on faces during the Sunshine Monkeyshines program.
The end-of-program party, held last Tuesday, included loads of fun with a clown, face painting, a bouncy house, games and plenty of refreshments.
“I think the children had a lot of fun while, at the same time, keeping up their reading skills through the summer months,” said Claiborne Public Library director Sandy Rosenbalm, adding she has been doing the yearly program for over 30 years with the help of the Tennessee State Library.
Rosenbalm says the program has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception three decades ago.
Jan Runions may be reached at 423-626-3222 or Twitter @scribeCP.