Reading Nook by Kirsten Pierce

What a “taleriffic” time we had at our summer reading program! We met from 4 to 6 p.m. every day the week of June 14th through June 18th, and had twenty kids birth through 17 participate! We’d like to thank all of the kids that came, the adults that brought them, and all of local presenters! We had Hancock County Sheriff’s Department Officer Dijirolano, & Kevin the K-9 come on Monday and each child got a badge, coloring book, and bookmark to take home. On Tuesday, Nicole from the Hancock County Animal Shelter came with three kittens and everyone got to take home a coloring book. Our Read With Rover therapy dogs from Happy Trails visited on Wednesday and donated so many books each child got to pick a book to take home. You should check out our face book page and see Anya, a Great Pyrenees, pulling the wagonload of books to the library! On Thursday, Tomlinson Run State Park Assistant Superintendent Davis talked to the kids about local wildlife and everyone got to take home coloring books and crayons. We ended the week with PJ and Earl’s Tales from the Wild and the kids had a blast! Thank you to all of our great presenters for coming and sharing your love of animals with us!

            Our week-long event for summer reading may have ended but Tales & Tails reading challenge lasts until August 31st. If you didn’t get a reading log, just ask for one next time you’re in the library. Every time you read, write down the title (for the younger kids) of the book or how many pages (for the older kids) you read. The next time you visit, bring your reading log and you’ll get a prize for every three books or 25 pages you read. We’ll collect the reading logs on August 31st and the top readers of each age group will receive a grand prize! Fight the summer slump and win great prizes while reading exciting books. Sounds like a win-win to me!

            We are so pleased to announce that our day at Hogwarts will continue this year! It will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 1st at the library. However, you must register by August 2nd, so we can get the acceptance letter to you. We have potions classes, quidditch matches, Horcrux hunts, wand making classes, house activities, and a feast! If you know a Harry Potter fan, they won’t want to miss this! This event costs $5. Please call 304-564-3471 to register.

            As you read in the opening paragraph, we recently received a large donation of books and not just children’s books. Our book sale is always ongoing. Just stop in and see what’s available to stock up your summer reading collection. We always accept donations so the books are constantly changing.

            If you participated in our Free Seed Library, we hope your plants are doing well! Remember to harvest the seeds when the season is over so you can return them to us for next year. If you have any questions, the West Virginia Extension Service can be reached at 304-564-3805 or [email protected].

            This just in:  Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand, with all of Elin’s trademark beach scenes, mouth-watering meals, and picture-perfect homes, plus a heartfelt message—the people we lose never really leave us—Golden Girl is a beach book unlike any other; For the Wolf, Hannah Whitten’s sweeping debut fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom; and Kathleen Y’Barbo’s Where Mercy Begins, the first in the Miracles& Mysteries of Mercy Hospital series set in Charleston, SC. Stop in today and check out one of these hot, new reads!