Children limbo at Mamie’s Place Children’s Library Wednesday during the summer reading program. The library’s summer long ‘Dig Into Reading’ program is wrapping up soon and has provided activities and learning experiences for area children. | Robert Hudson
Children limbo at Mamie’s Place Children’s Library Wednesday during the summer reading program. The library’s summer long ‘Dig Into Reading’ program is wrapping up soon and has provided activities and learning experiences for area children. | Robert Hudson

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Mamie’s Place Children’s Library wraps up summer reading program

Published 10:34am Thursday, August 8, 2013

Mamie’s Place Children’s Library is wrapping up its summer long ‘Dig Into Reading’ program which offered reading and other activities for area children.
Wednesday, children enjoyed stories, games and lunch at the library on one of the final days of the program this year.
Chelsea Lloyd, assistant librarian at Mamie’s Place and the Adelia M. Russell Library, said this year’s summer reading program has gone well thanks to an extended time period.
“I think it’s been wonderful. The turnout has been better than years in the past,” Lloyd said. “It used to be just for a few weeks, but this year we carried it through the whole summer. I think it’s really kept the kids interested through the whole summer.”
While the library has held programs for teens, and even events for adults, Mamie’s Place has geared events mostly toward preschool-aged children.
Lloyd said the children have had different events for each day of the week including master gardening on Wednesdays where children would do something gardening related each week, including planting a patio garden outside the library.
Tuesdays were movie days with popcorn and drinks, and Fridays were story days.
“We had some special events that were here like the Alabama Museum of Natural History and the McWane Science Center came to our kickoff,” Lloyd said. “The Alabama 4-H center also brought some animals out.”
Lloyd added the library has received positive feedback from parents.
“I think they really enjoy it because a lot of the time kids get bored really quickly as school gets out,” Lloyd said. “So I really think they have enjoyed it. I know the parents have been giving us some really good feedback. They have appreciated something they can bring their kids to that doesn’t cost anything and is family oriented with a lot of fun for everybody.”