Libraries Report Successful Summer Reading Programs

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Brian Kinder performs during the Summer Reading Program finale' on the square in Piggott.
(TD photo/Kelsey McKenney)

Once again this year, the Piggott and Rector public libraries cooperated in presenting the annual Summer Reading Program. And, thanks to their efforts hundreds of participants took part in the Wednesday offerings.

Rector Public Library enjoyed good numbers during their effort, which wrapped-up the final Wednesday in June.

The local library also announced the top readers for the summer effort.

“All of us at the Rector Public Library would like to offer our thanks to Piggott State Bank for supplying us with Gatorade and goody bags for our Summer Reading Program,” noted library director Deana Mills. “We also want to thank them for sponsoring our Kinders concert, and for sending a PSB representative to all of our programs to help us out.”

Mills also offered a word of thanks to the Rector Sonic for donating water for the “Community Heroes” program at the park, held earlier in the year. She also expressed her appreciation for the “heroes” on hand for the event.

“We'd also like to thank the Marmaduke Subway for supplying goody bags with prizes, and coupons for free cookies and sandwiches,” she added. “We also want to thank First National Bank-Piggott Banking Center for sponsoring the performance by magician Scott Davis.”

Mills also offered thanks to other sponsors of the popular summer program, including Glen Sain GMC, Dr. Stephen Duncan, Paragould Wal-Mart and Centennial Bank.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of our community, and our surrounding communities,” she added.

She also reported the top readers for the summer were Jacob Mooneyham, Angie Banks, Brandon Pruitt, Liam Jukkola, Lily Mihalek, Trystin Mihalek, Keilyn Mihalek, Eli Hamm, Isabella Boyd, Patrick Lucius, Hunter Wheeler, Jonathan Wheeler, Brennan Emery, Blakely Emery, Braxton Emery, Kyson Rabah and Mikayla Owens.

Piggott Public Library

The Piggott Public Library reports they had a very successful 2017 Summer Reading Program.

“The theme this summer was “Build a Better World,” noted library director Gay Johnson. “And, every Wednesday during the month of June children and adults attended an hourly program with music, magic, books and more.”

Johnson reports over 650 children and adults participated, and read over 1,200 books during the month-long program. She also notes each child received a reading certificate and other rewards for participating in the program.

“The Summer Program had several great special guests, including magician Scott Davis, out Piggott Community Heroes—which included police, EMT's, firefighters, lifeguards and Survival Flight personnel. We also had Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show, and The Brian and Terri Kinder Concert on the Court Square.”

Johnson noted the Kinder concert was sponsored by Piggott State Bank, with Aerial Bouquets donating balloons for all those present.

“All of us at the Library would like to thank all the special guests for helping us to stress the importance of reading in a very educational and entertaining way!”

“We want to offer a very special thank you to the local businesses and people whose generous donations helped us to provide the many handouts, prizes and materials that each child got to take home,” she added.

Those donating were Holcomb’s Pharmacy, Piggott Taxidermy, Gregory Insurance, Baker Implement, Vantage Mid South, Hardee’s, Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home, Fred Ort Agency, Jones Furniture, Dollar General, Piggott State Bank, VFW Auxiliary, Stephen White, DDS, Front Street Pizza and Hunton Office supply.

“A sincere thank you to our volunteers who gave that extra helping hand that we needed, Bette Mills, Kay Newton, Linda Stafford, Ellen Meadows and Annette Dutka,” she concluded.

Johnson noted she and the library staff, which includes Sherry Baber and Haley Foster, are grateful to each and everyone for all the time, generosity and support of the library and its programs. She also notes they're already planning, and looking forward, to next year.

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