Glinda the Good Witch

As Glinda the Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz, Assistant Librarian Teresa Templeton is delivering summer reading packets to local children who visit the Corinth Library. Delivery of packets is curbside.

Although still closed for the pandemic, area libraries are aiming to give youth a bit of summertime magic with the Summer Reading Program.

The library is posting virtual programs and giving out weekly packets of coloring sheets, activity sheets and craft projects for the “Imagine Your Story” summer program. The packets are available during the curbside delivery hours each week.

The regional library is looking to drum up a little more interest at the Corinth branch.

“Packets are being picked up steadily at most of our branches, but Corinth is lagging behind,” said Regional Director Dee Hare. “We hope our patrons in Corinth will come by over the next three weeks and help Corinth give out as many packets as some of our other, smaller branches. You may catch a sighting of Glinda the Good Witch when you pick your packet up.”

Librarian Cody Daniel encourages parents and children to visit weekly to pick up a packet because the contents will be different each week.

The weekly virtual programs offer a chance to keep children entertained by visiting the Northeast Regional Library website. Each program will be online for a week from Monday through Sunday.

“This week’s program features the naturalists from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson,” said Hare. “Some of the naturalists are telling stories and some are sharing information about our animal friends in Mississippi.”

They include Debora Waz, a yearly favorite of the summer program, with a presentation on black bears of Mississippi.

The program beginning next Monday will be a Tooth Fairy presentation by the Iuka branch, and the final week, beginning July 13, will include a variety of story time activities and a juggling demonstration.

The summer program is suggested as an activity to help combat the summer slide in which children lose some of the skills they picked up during the past school year, particularly with the changes brought about by the pandemic.

Curbside delivery is available at the larger branches each weekday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Access the virtual programs online at https://nereg.lib.ms.us/summer-reading-program/

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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