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Children welcome the ‘newspaper lady’

You’ve probably noticed an unfamiliar name in the newspaper over the last week.
If you’ve passed me on the street or in a grocery store I must have looked like a complete stranger, but if you’ve been to Ennis Public Library for the Summer Reading Program you’ve more than likely seen me there.

Covering the events for the program is easily the best part of my day.

I can’t wait to check out the presenter of the day and snap photos of the children as they laugh and learn.

Last week they waved at me and said “Hi newspaper lady,” and for the rest of the day a permanent smile was plastered on my face.

Being at the different events each week reminds me of my own childhood in Newcastle, Okla. when my mom would take me to our local Summer Reading Program events.

My personal favorite was an event where “Captain Planet” made an appearance and we each received our own “Planeteer” rings. To this day I hold the opinion that “Captain Planet” is one of the most underrated cartoons of the early ’90s.

It’s a viewpoint I’m not sure is shared by many others.

Getting to attend Summer Reading Program events was my favorite part of summer back then and the series has only improved.

The children of Ennis have already topped the coolest things I saw during summers when I was a kid, and it’s only week two.

As an adult I appreciate Summer Reading Program so much more because I know how important it is to instill a love of reading and imagination in children.

I learned to read at a very young age and my parents taught my brothers and I that reading is the best way to learn about anything,
I still hold true to this philosophy and its great to see the encouragement to read at Ennis Public Library.

Karen Witte and children’s services director Jessica Diaz, along with help from junior volunteers, have done a great job organizing this program and each week I find myself more impressed with their creativity and ideas in trying to motivate the children to keep reading all summer.

KidzScience, Critterman and magician Brett Roberts have kept the more than 150 children who show up each week on the edge of their seats with educational information that they make fun and interesting.

The Summer Reading Program will run through July with rewards at the conclusion of the program for children having met their reading goals.

Kacy Hibdon is a staff writer for the Ennis Daily News. She can be reached at kacy@ennisdailynews.com.

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