Over 120 children, parents attend McIver’s Grant Night of Reading

Thursday, March 8, 2018
During the opening ceremony, Judge Steve Stafford led those gathered in the ‘Oath to Read’, an oath which children agree to ‘feed their brain’ by reading (top). Also present during the opening ceremony, as well as throughout the event, encouraging children to read were (below, L to R) Horton the Elephant, members of Whoville, including JoJo the Who (in yellow), and the Cat in the Hat.
State Gazette photos/ Brandon Hutcheson

BRANDON HUTCHESON

bhutcheson@stategazette.com

On Monday evening, McIver’s Grant Public Library hosted their annual Read Around the Library: McIver’s Night of Reading event from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Held in conjunction with Read Across America Week, as well as beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the library was transformed into various Dr. Seuss-themed destinations, including Mulberry Street, Mount Crumpit, Whoville, and Seussville for those in attendance to enjoy. According to library staff, approximately 120 children and parents attended the event.

McIver’s Grant Public Library Director Kathryn McBride and Finley Elementary School Principal Dr. Carolyn Tyler take a moment to read to children and parents gathered during the library’s annual Night of Reading on Monday.

The evening kicked off with a welcome from library director Kathryn McBride and the ‘Oath to Read’, led by Judge Steve Stafford. Many Dr. Seuss characters were on hand to celebrate including Horton the Elephant, JoJo the Who, as well as the one and only Cat in the Hat.

Children then broke into groups as they travelled to each reading/ listening station to hear various community leaders and volunteers read a few of their favorite books.

The Cat in the Hat takes a moment with Grayce Vestal to take a photo at a Dr. Seuss-themed photo booth.

Over 40 volunteers assisted with the event, including library staff, McIver’s Grant Public Library board members, those who dressed as characters, as well as readers.

Those who volunteered as readers included Jennifer Ebelhar, Carolyn Tyler, Meredith McMackins, Autumn Allen, Kim Mullins, Robyn Valentine, Linda DeBerry, Lenita Click, Lori Walker, Nancy West, Lane Phillips, Elizabeth Dickerson, Kari Bernier, Jennifer Milan, Kathryn McBride, and Amanda Phillips.

Other readers throughout the evening included DIS Principal Lenita Click (above) and DPS Principal Linda DeBerry (below).

Attendees also enjoyed games prior to the event starting as well as a photo booth. Door prizes were awarded to a lucky few via a random draw. Prizes were donated by Thelma’s Skateland, AMC Theater, and Funtopia.

"What fun we had at McIver's Grant Public Library on Monday, March 5,” said Vanessa Cain, McIver’s Grant Public Library director of Children and Youth Services. “We appreciate the families who made time in their busy schedules to celebrate the love of reading with us and, of course, the wonderful volunteers who gave their time and talents to this Dyer County tradition. We could not do what we do without them.”

McBride added, "Most everyone would agree that literacy is a fundamental part of becoming a functional adult, but the library and those special volunteers who dedicate so much time and energy to this event understand that developing a life-long habit and love of reading are essential to becoming the best versions of ourselves. When we encourage the children of our community to read, we bring the world that much closer to their reach, offering them even more ways to define themselves and the world around them. Caring for our children in the best way possible means teaching them to love reading - one of the sacred duties of the library.”

For additional information about upcoming events at McIver’s Grant Public Library, please call 731-285-5032, stop by the library at 410 West Court St., or visit the library’s Facebook page.

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