Kids hope to 'get @ clue' through reading at Pa. libraries

June 15, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Lilian S. Besore Memorial Free Library kicked off its summer reading program "Get a Clue @ Your Library" on Thursday, with children cramming into the downstairs community room for a puppet show.

"Oh, A Puppet Show!" followed mysterious and ghoulish story lines in honor of the program's theme.

"I liked it when the ghost comes out, and the cow is a ghost," said Anjolee Smith, 3, of Waynesboro, Pa.

Rachel Peterson, 8, of Greencastle, agreed that the cow-ghost was the best part of the performance.

The mystery theme of the summer's program suits PJ Patalinghug well.

"I like mystery books because you can see what's going to happen next, and it's creepy," he said.

PJ, 9, of Greencastle, recently finished the fourth grade and is conquering chapter books.

"Sometimes I think they're too long. Sometimes the chapters are 20 pages. They take too long to read," PJ said.


Rewards for finishing books will be available to children, teens and even adults.

"That's all she's been saying: prizes, prizes," said Jade Parsons, 9, of Greencastle, who was perusing bookshelves with Anjolee.

Jade likes poems, and she has recently been reading books by Shel Silverstein. Anjolee was checking out a personal favorite, "The Button Box," again.

Rachel, who just finished second grade, is a fan of "The Topsy-Turveys."

"They watch TV upside down and do handstands," Rachel said.

Eight-year-old twins Dennis and Erika Hewitt enjoy Pokmon and dog books, respectively.

Erika has been learning about canine behavior.

"They don't listen to a lot of what they're told," said Erika, of South Mountain, Pa.

Laura Eby, 14, of Greencastle, has been through summer reading programs for several years and was able to sign up for "TSI: Teen Scene Investigators."

"We've been going here a lot since we live in Greencastle," Laura said. "I've always liked to read."

"It gives me something to do. My brother likes to play outside, and I like to read," she said.

The Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library in Waynesboro also launched its program on Thursday, hosting Steven Courtney for songs and comedy.

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