What do pajamas, goats, sheep and crafts have in common with summer reading?
They were all a part of the Summer Reading Kick-Off event at the Mountain Road Library.
The annual Summer Reading Program was set in motion on Monday with a celebration that featured kids in their pajamas, farm animals, games and crafts.
“We try to do it big every year,” said librarian Bethany Tyler. “It is kind of a party that announces the beginning of the program. The kids really like it. They get excited, and it gets them geared up for their summer reading.”
Kids gathered at the library Monday afternoon decked out in their pajamas for an afternoon of games, crafts and animals. Members of the Kinder Farm Park 4-H Club attended the festivities along with two chickens, a rabbit, sheep and two goats.
“This is brand new to us this year,” Tyler said, regarding the animals. “We had some families from 4H that came to share their animals with us. It is the first year we have had animals and we are very excited.”
Kids of all ages signed up for summer reading and made various crafts that the library supplied. Then, they ventured outside to pet the animals and ask questions about them.
“We like to have a lot of different activities for the families to come in,” Tyler said. “It has been a tradition here for as long as I can remember.”
The Summer Reading Program is available at all county libraries and will feature a variety of events throughout the summer months. However, this particular kick-off event was specific to the Mountain Road branch.
“This is just Mountain Road Library’s kick off,” Tyler said. “Each of the libraries does something different. Some have ongoing scavenger hunts, some have a special party. We just like to treat our kick-off as a little party.”