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Library honors readers

It was another successful year for the Ennis Public Library’s Summer Reading Program as 734 kindergartners through sixth graders enrolled read an impressive 6,378 books.
“I think we had an awesome summer,” Library Children’s Director Charlene Ballard said. “The attendance was good. There weren’t too many glitches.”
Of the 734 registered at the beginning of the summer, 665 children – more than 90 percent – attended at least two events during the seven-week program, and a majority of those could be seen at every performance, sometimes twice in one day, according to Ballard.
The summer’s entertainment included jugglers, clowns, storytellers, instrumentalists, magicians, a singing zoologist, musicians and puppeteers. The program included events on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“I’d like to give a special thanks to the Rotary Club,” Ballard said. “They sponsored our Tuesday and Thursday programs.”
Ballard also expressed her gratitude to the Friends of the Library who put in all the man-hours needed for the summer reading program to be a success.
A special award service was held last night at the library where Mayor Russell Thomas expressed his delight in the program and offered each child eligible, an award for participation.
“This is without a doubt my favorite event to attend all year round,” Thomas said.
Thomas also congratulated the parents and guardians for making the program available to their children as reading is “the greatest key to success in life.”
“If you learn to read you have the ability to do anything,” Thomas said.
For each grade level, the kindergartners read 1,143 books, the first graders read a total of 1,143 books, the second graders totaled 1,296 books, the third graders logged in 1,103 books, the fourth graders read 835 books, the fifth graders totaled 655 books and the small group of sixth graders read a total of 159 advanced and lengthy books.
“(This year) exceeded our expectations,” said Library Aide Karen Witte. “It was a blast.”
Ballard said 140 kids are eligible to attend a swim party July 30 from 7-10 p.m. This means they read at least 21 books throughout the program. Of that group, 122 will be able to catch a special screening of “Sharks 3D” at IMAX because they also attended seven or more programs.
The number of children registered for “Sail into Reading” doesn’t include the preschoolers who attended Wednesday programs for “I Can’t Read But I Can Listen” story hour.
A special party will be held Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon for this group.
Ballard said the theme for next year’s summer reading program will be “Texas Reading Club Jubilee” and will celebrate 50 years of the summer reading program. Ballard has been involved with the program for 30 of those 50 years.
“Door prizes, programs and coupons are all part of the program and it’s all free for (everyone),” Ballard said.

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