3 locals win Kindle Fires from library's summer reading program

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Three Barry County residents won Kindle Fire eReaders for reading the most books and reading materials in conjunction with the summer reading program promotion.

The winner of the child category was Sophia Hoover of Shell Knob, winner of the teen category was Michael Stephens of Eagle Rock and winner of the adult category was Patricia Gifford from Cassville.

"The children, teen and adults read a combined total over 2,000 books over the summer," said Verna Fry, youth services at the Cassville Branch Library. "This is an improvement over last year."

Items read did not include just books, but all kinds of sources, including magazines, newspapers, menus, articles, signs, directions and so forth, which library staff encourage, as well as being read to, for younger readers learning to connect sounds with words.

"You learn to read, then after that, you read so you can learn throughout the rest of your life," Fry said. "That's the mantra I've stayed with for 30 years of teaching. Once you read then you can go anywhere."

Even though school has started, library staff encourage continued reading of all different sources.

"You read everything everywhere, not just your school books," Fry said. "You read directions on a cake mix or how to hook up your Blu-ray player to your TV."

"Stay in the game, practice your reading," said Cheryl Williams, Cassville branch supervisor.

The library has many resources for children, teens and adults, including books and computers to help with homework, special projects, education or leisure. They also have new Kindle FreeTime tablets and Microsoft Surface tablets, the latter of which were recently donated by Jack Henry & Associates of Monett.

"They were upgrading and the Cassville branch received four of [the Surface tablets]," Fry said. "The tablets can be used here in the library. It's like a laptop with a keyboard, just a lot smaller."

The library is still taking registrations for story time for tots and preschoolers, which began Sept. 9 and 10 and will be held Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. through December 17.

Prime Time, a story time for children in second grade and younger, will be held on the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m., starting in October.

"This gives children an opportunity to come when they can't otherwise make it during other sessions," Fry said.

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