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Summer reading program kicks off at county library

Summer reading program kicks off at county library

Posted: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 9:18 pm
By: Emily Williams, Messenger Intern

By EMILY WILLIAMS
Messenger Intern
Leona the Lion from PBS’s children show “Be-tween the Lions” welcomed the 366 children who attended the kickoff of the Obion County Library’s Summer Reading Program Monday morning. WLJT TV of Martin provided the very popular guest as part of their 2010 Summer Character Tour.
The children were also entertained by the comedic juggler Jason Huneke, whose act has been featured on Carnival Cruise Lines and “America’s Got Talent.” (See related photos, Page 2.)
Huneke entertained by juggling everything from water balloons to knives to flaming torches. He also performed juggling acts while on a unicycle and danced to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”
After the performance, held at the Immaculate Con-ception Catholic Church gym, attendees enjoyed pizza provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza.
The event was the first of six for the summer program. The remaining events are to be held at 10 a.m. on Mondays and will include fun and entertaining acts such as “Mr. Bond the Science Guy,” “The Imagine That!” crew, magician Chris Egelston and more. These events can be registered for in advance at the library.
The children’s Summer Reading Program is just By EMILY WILLIAMS
Messenger Intern
Leona the Lion from PBS’s children show “Be-tween the Lions” welcomed the 366 children who attended the kickoff of the Obion County Library’s Summer Reading Program Monday morning. WLJT TV of Martin provided the very popular guest as part of their 2010 Summer Character Tour.
The children were also entertained by the comedic juggler Jason Huneke, whose act has been featured on Carnival Cruise Lines and “America’s Got Talent.” (See related photos, Page 2.)
Huneke entertained by juggling everything from water balloons to knives to flaming torches. He also performed juggling acts while on a unicycle and danced to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”
After the performance, held at the Immaculate Con-ception Catholic Church gym, attendees enjoyed pizza provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza.
The event was the first of six for the summer program. The remaining events are to be held at 10 a.m. on Mondays and will include fun and entertaining acts such as “Mr. Bond the Science Guy,” “The Imagine That!” crew, magician Chris Egelston and more. These events can be registered for in advance at the library.
The children’s Summer Reading Program is just one of the series of events planned for this summer by the library.
Saturday craft events will be held this weekend, June 26 and July 10 at 10 a.m. The events — Wonder of Water Crafts, Ocean of Fun Crafts and Splish Splash Crafts — are limited in capacity and can be pre-registered for at the library.
Teen workshops began Tuesday with a grilling seminar.
The teen events will continue on Tuesdays throughout the summer and include learning to sew, photography, jewelry making, painting and cake decorating. These events are limited in size and can be pre-registered for the week leading up to them. 
Singers, songwriters or musicians can also showcase their talents at the Teen Open Mic Nights. Dates and times are available on a first come, first served basis. The next event will be Tuesday and spots may be reserved by contacting the library’s assistant director, Jarred Clayton at 885-7000.
This Saturday, the library will feature a concert by Lew Jetton & 61 South with opening act Otto Sharp. The free community concert will begin at 6:30 with the gates opening at 5:45.
Editor’s Note: Emily Williams is a senior at Rhodes College in Memphis. She is interning at The Messenger this summer.
Published in The Messenger 6.9.10

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