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Library Summer Reading Program Kick-Off

By Cokeitha Gaddist

On Friday, June 9, the Colleton County Memorial Library held it’s Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party on the library’s front lawn. Carl Coffin, library director, welcomed everyone to the Kick-Off event and then introduced Shiela Keaise, children’s librarian. Keaise gave a summary of the day’s event and made a few announcements about the programs. Kearse even leads the group in a fun spirited song that promoted reading. She then prepared the group for the special guest presentation. “I’m happy to present our special guest the Columbia Marionette Theatre,” said Keaise. The acting group will be performing stories from the book, “A Story a Story” by Gail E. Haley. Haley’s book retells the African tale of how the trickster Anansi obtained stories from the Sky God to give to the children of the earth. The book can be found on the shelves of the Children’s Library.

The Columbia Marionette Theatre is made of John and Karri Scollon, a husband and wife traveling puppeteer team and performance artist. They performed “The World of Anansi (The Spider).” The two artists used short-strung marionettes, and creative rod puppets to bring the story to life. They keep everyone’s eyes glued on the stage with an interactive performance as the puppets keep the children engaged and allowed them to take part in the storytelling.
The Kick-Off was made a huge success due to help from the library staff, Samantha Brinson, Anthony Chapman(AJ), newly trained youth volunteers Janet Taylor, Shallis Simmions, Jayden Hankerson, Cedrick Allen, Michael Williams,

John and Karri Scollon, a husband and wife traveling puppeteer team and performance artists pictured showing off their puppets that were stars on “The World of Anansi” performed at the Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party. Photos by Cokeitha Gaddist.

Alaysia Stephens and the Lunch Coordinator Mr. James Rabb. Free books were also given away to children and attendee that day. Keaise handed out flyers listing all the scheduled events for the summer and encouraged everyone to participate. “I look forward to everyone coming back to the Summer Reading Program Grand Finale on July 28,” said Keaise.
2017 Summer Reading program is funded by the following sponsors and donors: Coastal Community Foundation Beaufort Fund, Sentry Cleaners of Walterboro, Stony Point Foundation, Wal-Mart, Palmetto Rural Telephone Coop., Friends of the CCML, Habitat for Humanity’s, Walgreens, Cherry Keaise, Willie Rabb, Stop-N-Go, Hospice Care of South Carolina, Joyce Chaplin, Ruth Williams, Emma Salley, H&D Groceries, Martina Publishing, Inc., and IGA General Foods. For more information about the Summer Reading Program please visit www.colletonlibrary.org.


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