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First Lady Kicks Off Summer Reading Program

Mississippi’s First Lady Deborah Bryant

THE ANIMALS ARE COMING… to the Summer Reading Program! Presented by the Friends of the Library, the free program runs for six weeks beginning June 18 and starts at 10 a.m. each Wednesday at the Blackmur Memorial Library. Activities include book readings and crafts, and the program is open to all community children and their families. – Photo Provided

WATER VALLEY – As part of her “Read Across Mississippi” education initiative, First Lady Deborah Bryant will be reading to children attending the Blackmur Memorial Library’s Sum-mer Reading Program kick-off event in Water Valley, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18.
    Presented by local Friends of the Library volunteers, the program’s mission is closely aligned with Mrs. Bryant’s goal of encouraging early learning by reading to students in all 82 counties of Mississippi throughout 2014.  Her focus is on grades K-3 and the visit to Water Valley in Yalobusha County will be the 49th county Mrs. Bryant has visited.
    “We are thrilled that Mrs. Bryant’s visit coincides with the start of our summer program,” said Friends of the Library board member Millicent Nicholas. “We share her passion and enthusiasm for encouraging children to begin enjoying books and reading as early as possible.  Planting those seeds now is the best way to encourage lifelong learning.”
    The Summer Reading Program runs for six consecutive Wednesdays, at 10 a.m. at the Blackmur Memorial Library, beginning June 18 through July 23.  Participation is free and is open to all the community’s children and their families.

Summer Reading Program Schedule –
Each Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
June 18 – Pandas
June 25 – Sea Turtles
July 2 – Miss DEB WAZ of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson with special animal guests
July 9 – Wolves
July 17 – Polar Bears
July 23 – Penguins

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