OUTLOOK: Warren-Vicksburg County Public Library Brings ‘Oceans of Possibility’ – The Vicksburg Post
It was an exciting day at the Warren-Vicksburg County Public Library on Tuesday as a wrap-up event was held for children who had participated in the summer reading program which ran from June 1 through July 8. .
The celebration included a science presentation by Stormin’ Bob Swanson, and certificates of achievement were awarded to those who logged the most minutes of reading.
One pint-sized attendee, Jim Williams, who noted his official name was James, walked away with the highest honor. The homeschooled 7-year-old had 2,900 minutes of reading time.
“I’m so happy to have won top reader and we all had a great time at the library as part of the summer library program,” Williams said.
Williams said he likes to read because it’s fun, and cited the children’s series “Octonauts” and “InvestiGators” among his favorite books to read.
He also said he enjoyed reading, “Because I can learn things.”
With his younger brother by his side, Williams said there were times when he would read to her.
“I read to her sometimes and it’s a big help for my mom,” Williams said.
Marie Cunningham, who acts as the children’s librarian, said the turnout for this year’s summer program was unmatched.
“It’s the biggest turnout we’ve ever had in my time here, and I’ve been here eight years. We had 287 registrants,” Cunningham said, and during the summer program which included a dozen of events, with more than 1,000 children in attendance.
Cunningham said weekly events took place which included guest speakers, performers and performers focusing on the library’s summer theme, “Oceans of Possibilities”.
On Friday, the children had the opportunity to watch episodes of the BBC’s ‘Blue Planet II’ documentary, which focuses on underwater creatures and discoveries, while enjoying popcorn.
Additional programming included “passive programs,” said Katrina Stokes, director of the Warren-Vicksburg County Public Library.
“It’s an activity where we ask simple questions like, ‘What is your favorite sea creature or your favorite seafood,'” she said, and from the weekly questions, the librarian in charge of managing collections, David Scott, said he received more than 100 responses per week.
A treasure hunt also took place. Cunningham said around 170 children took part and 36 children participated in building dioramas.
Two of the 36 were twin sisters Melanie and Naomi Floyd. With the library’s summer program having an underwater theme, each girl created a scene that reflected her interpretation of the ocean. The sisters, who are students at Agape Montessori Christian Academy, have participated in the library’s summer program for more than eight years, their mother Susan Floyd said.
With the success of the summer library program, Stokes said she was confident it would increase library visits and encourage more people to get library cards.
Additionally, Stokes said that since the Warren-Vicksburg County Library decided to go “free” earlier this summer, she hoped it would further entice people to come back knowing they wouldn’t have to worry about late fines. , since they would be forgiven.
“We hope this will help them renew their accounts and eventually get their kids signed up for library cards,” she said.
Those eligible for a library card are ages five and older.
“We encourage people to sign up their kids because it’s just something really special to have your own map and to be able to check out your own books,” Stokes said.
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About Terri Cowart Frazier
Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Soon after, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter for the Vicksburg Post and editor of Vicksburg Living Magazine, which was awarded first place by the Mississippi Press Association. She was also the recipient of a first place award in the editorial division of the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest for “Best Feature Article”.
Terri is a graduate of Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a major in public relations.
Before coming to work at the Post just over 10 years ago, she freelanced at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay-at-home mom.
Terri is a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a life member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and was a member of the Sampler Antique Club and the Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.
“Whether it’s staying informed about local government issues or hearing the stories of local residents, a local newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at the Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I can continue to grow and hone my skills while helping to share the stories in Vicksburg. When people ask me what I love most about my job, my answer is always “the people”.
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