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‘Libraries Rock!’ winds down

Kids of all ages spent the summer break learning all things music, courtesy of the Summer Reading Program — a tradition of the Claiborne County Public Library.

‘Libraries Rock!’ entered with all horns blaring and went out with a bang, as kids enjoyed the end of event party held on July 17.

Face painting, fun in the bounce house, prizes and much more were the names of the game during the festivities.

A total 161 children read in excess of 5,000 books over the summer. Participants enjoyed a plethora of special programing each Tuesday morning that had them engaged and learning about various topics in a fun sort of way.

Coinciding with the program were weekly lessons in cooking and nutritional facts, courtesy of Jackie Payne with the U.T. Extension Office.

The Summer Reading Program also provided a place to do your civic duty via a project begun last year. Librarians used weekly door prize drawings as a way to raise donations for three local nonprofit organizations. Adults and children simply returned the books they had read with a donation, and they were entered.

According to assistant librarian Jami Bell, the project was an overwhelming success with many items donated to the cause.

The library would like to thank the nearly 40 sponsors who made the Summer Reading Program a great success. Sponsors from the fields of manufacturing, banking, retail, restaurants, amusements along with private individuals donated their time, finances and/or equipment.

“Without you, this program would not be possible,” said Bell.

There is no lack of special programs at your local library. Sandy, Teresa and Jami extend special invitations to check out all the fun that can be had, year around. The Lego Club, Story Time, the Home School Group and much more can be enjoyed by simply walking through the doors of the Claiborne County Library.

For more information, call 423-626-5414 or log onto its Facebook page.