By VICKI BROWN
The Children’s Department at the Colleton County Memorial Library has had a productive summer as part of the Summer Reading Program, and that summer reading program is now coming to an end. According to the children’s department coordinator, Shiela Keaise, 502 children signed up to read or attended summer reading events from June 18 to July 30.
The entire Summer Reading Program launch event, which featured artist Gullah Queen Quet, entertained approximately 125 adults and children on the library lawn.
âI want to thank my assistant Sue West, my intern Mariah Taylor and my assistant Robert Gantt for all their hard work,â Keaise said. In all, over 200 children completed a reading assignment of 10 or more books this summer for the âTails to See and Tales to Hearâ summer reading program.
Twelve summer videos were also shot and can be viewed on the Library’s website or on YouTube.
Summer reading participant Addision Polk stood out as the top reader for ages 9-12, reading 110 books during the summer. Daylen Murray-Young read 107 books and was the best reader for ages 6-8. Jamil and Ailani Murray-Young read the most books for ages 0-5, at 103 books.
The teachers with the most read books during the after-school program and Forest Hills were Pamela Alexander and Kayla Middleton with 166 books read by their students aged 5-10. Forest Hills Preschool and Daycare read 245 books and were the top readers.
âIt has been a successful summer and I appreciate the following donors to the Summer Reading Program: Coastal Community Foundation, Friends of the Colleton County Memorial Library, Versatile Vets, Southern Beauty, Cherry Keaise, Wayne Garrett, La’Donna Heyward, Millie Murray, Joyce Chaplin, Pat Middleton, The Palmetto Rural and Telephone Co-operative, Martina Publishing, Inc. and Enterprise Bank of South Carolina, âsaid Keaise.