UNION — The world’s most famous clown returned to the Union County Carnegie Library to once again deliver a message of the importance and fun of reading.
For the past several years, Ronald McDonald has participated in the library summer reading program, helping to encourage children to read, not only during the summer but throughout their lives. He did so again Monday morning, using games, books and humor, often with the assistance of children from the audience, to show children how important and how much fun it is to start and keep “digging into reading.”
“It’s all about reading, about digging into reading and the adventures we can go on through books,” McDonald said. “There’s all sorts of adventures from going on construction sites to digging for dinosaur bones.
“What we’re doing with our program is we’re telling them that by reading a book you plant the succeeds of success and fun in your life,” he said. “That’s what we do, have fun.”
Library Director Ben Loftis said Ronald McDonald’s involvement in the summer reading program is an opportunity to not only encourage children to read but help them have fun doing so and meet someone famous in the process.
“He brings a message about reading, about summer reading,” Loftis said. “It’s a fun way for the library to promote literacy and encourage reading and at the same time the children have the opportunity to meet a popular character.”
More Summer Reading Events
“Dig Into Reading” is the theme of this year’s summer reading program which began June 3 with a “Dig For Buried Treasure” event for children ages 6-11. It continues today with a scavenger hunt — also for children ages 6-11 — at the library from 2-4 p.m.
Future events include a Treasure Hunt for pre-school children from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18.
At 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, the traveling theater group Porckhop Productions will perform “Three Billy Goats Gruff” at the library.
On Thursday, June 27, there will be a Scavenger Hunt for Teens from 2-4 p.m.
There will be a Family Build a Bug craft program for families from 10 a.m.-noon on Monday, July 8.
On Monday, July 15, the library will show the children’s movie “The Adventures of Tintin” from 2-4 p.m.
A Beneath the Surface teen makeover will be held on Thursday, July 18 from 1-3 p.m. Loftis this will involve tips on makeup and makeup items that the teens will be able to take home with them.
On Monday, July 22 the library will show the teen movie “Holes” from 2-4 p.m.
A guessing game that’s already under way and a second that will begin in July are also part of the summer reading program.
The first, which began on June 5, involves a jar full of worms and bugs. Participants guess how many worms and bugs are in the jar and the person who guesses correctly or those who come close will receive prizes.
A jar filled little toy treasures is the centerpiece of the second guessing game which will begin on July 10 Participants will attempt to guess how many treasures are in the jar and the person who guesses correctly and those who come close will win prizes.
For more information about the Union County Carnegie Library, the Summer Reading Program, and other services call 864-427-7140.
Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com.