John L. Street Library summer reading programs starts this week
by Hawkins Teague
Jul 05, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This mural is painted on the window to look like a fish tank.
This mural is painted on the window to look like a fish tank.
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Children’s librarian Tammy Sholar used an overhead projector to get her mural just right. The kids entering the library basement for the summer reading program will be walking into a virtual forest.
Children’s librarian Tammy Sholar used an overhead projector to get her mural just right. The kids entering the library basement for the summer reading program will be walking into a virtual forest.
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Amanda Rogers remembers having a blast in summer reading programs when she was younger. Now she works at the John L. Street Library and deals with kids all the time.

A recent graduate of Trigg County High School, Rogers has been working at the library for about four years, so she knows most of the kids who come in by name.

“‘I’m bored,’ is heard quite frequently,” she said laughing.

Starting this morning at 11, more than 100 Trigg County children can alleviate that boredom by coming to the library for the first week of “Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales,” this year’s summer reading program. Rogers is one of several people trying to show kids how fun reading can be.

Tammy Sholar, the children’s librarian, has been working hard trying to get the library’s basement ready for the event. As is evident from the title, the program’s theme is all about animals, so Sholar has been trying to make the basement look like a forest. She painted a wall-length mural complete with animals, waterfalls and plenty of trees. To do this, she flashed pictures of different animals on the wall with an overhead projector and traced them onto the paper.

Sholar also painted a glossy underwater scene on one of the windows. Upon a closer look, kids will notice a couple of characters from 2003’s blockbuster “Finding Nemo.”

Exhausted but excited, Sholar said she wants the children to be entertained by everything she, Rogers and several volunteers have put together for them. She said that many kids don’t retain their reading skills over the summer, which is why summer programs at libraries serve a larger purpose than simply having a good time.

A good time should draw the kids in, though. One thing children ought to find amusing is the puppet show that Rogers, Sholar’s daughter, Emily, and a friend of hers will be performing.

The professional-looking puppets were ordered from Folkmanis in Milwaukee and will probably be a hit, judging by their cuteness factor. The puppeteers will be using different animals to tell kids why they would or wouldn’t make good pets.

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