Second graders get ‘booked’ at library

Published 12:22 am Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hundreds more little people in Lincoln County will soon be presenting their IDs to get knowledge.

During this past week, second graders from schools all over the county traveled by bus to the Lincoln-Lawrence-Franklin Regional Public Library in Brookhaven. There, they heard stories read by volunteers from Friends of the Library, learned about a horse contest and took home a book bag filled with gifts.

Each children’s group toured the library in four sections — the lobby, meeting room, children’s section and Teen Wing. They were shown how to act respectfully in the library, how to ask for help when searching for books and how to find books they can use in their accelerated reader programs at school.

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The students were told about the Lego Club that meets every first Saturday and a children’s movie selection that is shown at the library every third Saturday. Adult members of Friends of the Library volunteered to read to the groups.

Kasie Beth Brown, youth services coordinator for the library, enjoyed sharing with the children a special contest that will end Sept. 30. It’s the “Name our LLF horse” contest.

For 27 years, the merry-go-round horse located in the library’s children’s section was one of the 36 carved wooden horses that delighted young people attending the Brookhaven Exchange Club Fair. The horse was hand-carved by artisans with the C.W. Parker Amusement Enterprises of Leavenworth, Kansas, circa 1904.

In 1959, the popular carousel was acquired by the Exchange Club. Due to deterioration, each horse was individually sold at auction in 1986.

The only horse left is on loan to the library from the Bill Jacobs family and The Daily Leader. Children and adults are encouraged to submit entries to give the wooden horse a name. The second graders who visited the library this past week submitted their suggestions during their visits.

“Children and grown-ups alike visit the children’s section and admire the horse and its history,” said Brown. “We feel the horse has been the children section’s unofficial mascot for some time now, and we’d like to honor it with a more official role in the section by first giving it a proper name.”

As each group left the library to board the buses back to their respective schools, volunteers handed a drawstring book bag to each student, as a gift from the Friends of the Library. Each bag contained a book, a pencil, an apple and a lanyard to hold their new library cards.

During their visits, the children who did not already have library cards registered to receive one. They will pick up their cards at a later date when they return with a parent or guardian. Of the approximately 600 students who attended in the school groups, Brown hopes at least 200 will get a new library card.