An estimated 600 kids visited the Lebanon/Wilson Public Library on Thursday to kick-off their annual Summer Reading Program. Throughout the six-week program, which encourages "reading for fun," the library hosts guest entertainers such as Balloon Man Scott Tripp and live animals with Safari Greg. Super Science was Thursday's entertainer, with free shows at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sign-ups for the Summer Reading Program began on Thursday, May 26, and will be open until June 30. One week into sign-ups, Children's Librarian Nancy Fowler said 1,007 kids from Wilson and surrounding counties have enrolled.
Fowler was pleased with the turnout for Super Science's program, noting that the number of guests far exceeded last year's. The 2015 Summer Reading Program totaled 1,787 participants.
"The Mt. Juliet Library is currently closed for renovations, so we got some of that crowd," she explained.
Signing-up for the Children's Reading Program is as simple as showing up at the library on West Main Street in Lebanon and filling out your name and contact information. For every five books a child reads, they can draw a prize out of the box. Prizes include candy and toys.
Kids birth to pre-K will receive a day-pass to the Jimmy Floyd Family Center and a coupon for free ice cream at McDonalds. Older kids who read 20 or more books will receive a Fair Pass.
This year's program is called "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read" - and is open to children ages 0-6th grade.
Next Tuesday, June 7, magician Bruce Amato will take the stage with shows at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Musical entertainer Kevin Kidd will be at the Library on Thursday, June 9, with shows at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., as well.
For a complete list of shows, visit www.lebanonlibrary.net or call the library at (615) 444-0632. All programs are free of charge.
For more photos, see "Sabrina & Dallus On The Scene" in next week's edition of The Wilson Post.
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