Plans are underway for many exciting activities and events during the George E. Allen Library’s Summer Reading Program to be held during June 2017.  Join us as we enjoy stories about our theme, “Build a Better World, READ!”

The Reading Program is open to all children, ages preschool through young adult.  The library will sponsor weekly programs, door prize drawings, take home activities and much more for everyone to enjoy.

Pre-registration for the reading program begins Monday, May 22nd and each child that pre-registers will receive a special surprise!  Pre-registration will continue until Monday, June 5th, at which time all the names of children registered will be entered into a drawing for a “Build a Better World” t-shirt to be given away during the first program on June 6th.  And don’t think we’ve forgotten our parents either – we’ll also have a drawing for a prize for one of the pre-registered parents!  Although children can be registered for the program at any time during the month of June, pre-registration is recommended to help the library with planning the events.

Here’s how our program works:  parents of young children read at least five picture books per week to their children.  Children who can read for themselves read either five picture books or at least two chapter books per week.  Parents record the titles of the books in each child’s reading log and then bring the log back to the library once a week beginning on June 6th.  Each week that the child reads their books, he or she will receive a food coupon from a local restaurant.

The library will also give away coloring sheets, bookmarks, more stickers and have a door prize drawing each week.  And remember, there isn’t an age limit for children to participate in the reading program – everyone’s welcome!

The special activity programs will be held on Tuesdays in June, with each one beginning at 10:00 and lasting for approximately one hour.  (To ensure the safety of all the children attending these events, parents are asked not to drop off or leave any children unattended – regardless of age.)

The festivities kick off on June 6th, as we learn about conservation with a special visit from Deborah Waz and her live animal friends from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. On June 13th, Friends of the Library member Laurie McBride will emphasis recycling in her program followed by a craft provided by the Booneville Junior Auxiliary.  On June 20th, beloved teacher Cindy Ford will present her trademark energetic program filled with songs, dances, stories and more. On June 27th, the festivities continue with a concert featuring acclaimed children’s recording artist Mr. Richard.  To round out the program, Renasant Bank, the Booneville Woman’s Club and the Junior Auxiliary will provide snacks.

As a special addition, Deborah Waz will return on Thursday, June 29th, to discuss Mississippi bears.  She will talk about bears in Mississippi and show some neat bear stuff: a pelt, skull, track, scat, radio collar, maps and pictures.

Also going on this year is our Teen Reading Program.  Teen readers will have their own reading records to write down the titles that they read.  For each week, they will receive food coupons and be eligible for prizes to be given away at the end of the program.  We have some special programs in the works for July.  Look for that announcement soon.

Also throughout June, we will have a guessing game to win a Summer Reading Program T-shirt.  The winner will be announced in July.

If you’d like more information about any of our programming, please feel free to call the library at 728-6553 or stop by for a visit at 500 W. Church Street.  We hope to see you soon for this fun-filled time of the year!


To celebrate the opening of a new location in Booneville, the Rent-A-Center Corporation donated $1,000 to the George E. Allen Library to purchase financial literacy materials for its collection. A total of sixty-six books were ordered and have started arriving for the public to check out. They cover such subjects as budgeting, planning for retirement, investing, becoming debt free, identity theft and many others. Pictured above George E. Allen Librarian Dee Hare looks over the financial literacy collection made possible by a Rent-a-Center grant.

George E. Allen Library Booneville, MS

George E. Allen Library Booneville, MS

George E. Allen Library
500 West Church Street
Booneville, MS. 38829

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free Wi-Fi Hotspot • 24/7 • Inside and Outside Library

Phone: 662-728-6553
Fax: 662-728-4127
E-mail: boon@nereg.lib.ms.us
Librarian: Leigh Hood – klhood@nereg.lib.ms.us