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Summer Reading Program at G.E.A. Library

Plans are underway for many exciting activities and events during the George E. Allen Library’s Summer Reading Program to be held during June and July 2019.  Join us as we enjoy stories about our theme, “A Universe of Stories”.

The Reading Program is open to everyone with age groups from preschool through adult.  The library will sponsor weekly programs, take home activities and much more for everyone to enjoy.

Monday May 20th – June 3rd at 6 PM – Pre-registration for the reading program begins Monday, May 20th.  Each participant that pre-registers will receive a BRAND NEW BOOK!  Pre-registration will continue until 6:00 P.M. on Monday, June 3rd.  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 reading log back to the library once a week beginning on June 4th.  All adults can start recording their reading beginning June 4th also.  Each week that reading is recorded, each participant will receive a food coupon from a local restaurant or a special prize.  All readers will have their name entered into one of 6 different age categories for each week they have recorded reading for a prize to be given away on Tuesday, July 30th at 4:00 P.M. during our end of summer program with a special visit from Debora Waz and her live animal STARS from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

The library will also give away coloring sheets, bookmarks, more stickers during both months and special goodies for program attendees.  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.  NEW THIS YEAR – attendees ages 2 and under will be invited to book readings by various volunteers in the children’s area of the library.  (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.)

June 4th at 10 AM – The festivities kick off with a Universe of Our Community STARS.  Booneville’s Miss Hospitality Abbie Gamble will begin our program, followed by young author Kabir Blake Gupta reading his book, Children of the Sun.  Participants will also visit with Chief Michael Rutherford and members of the Booneville Fire Department, deputy sheriffs from the sheriff’s department and a member of the Booneville Police Department out in the parking lot.

June 11th at 10 AM – We will attend Astronaut School with Mr. Derek Garvin, 8th grade science teacher from Alcorn Central.  Afterward, participants will stamp their own galaxy scene to take home.

June 18th at 10AM – Beloved teacher Cindy Ford will present her trademark energetic program filled with songs, dances, stories and more. On June 25th, Mr. Brad Devaughn, Booneville High School teacher, will discuss the night sky and what can be seen from the Booneville School Telescope, the only telescope in Mississippi on public school grounds.  Attendees will then make their own rocket to take home.

To round out the program, the Booneville Woman’s Club and the Junior Auxiliary will provide snacks.

Tuesdays at 4 PM – We will also offer additional special story times each Tuesday at 4:00 P.M.  As an added bonus, the titles read can be added to each reader’s reading record to count towards the weekly reading requirement.  These will continue into the month of July.

Teen Reading Program – June 6th and 27th at 4 PM

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/or prizes and be eligible for prizes to be given away at the end of the program.  We will also have special programs for teens on two Thursdays in June – June 6th and 27th at 4:00 P.M where teens are invited to Board @ the Library.  Come try out your board game skills against Librarian Leigh Hood and Assistant Sandy Donahue when they bring their favorite games to the library.

Also throughout June, we will have a guessing game to win a Summer Reading Program T-shirt.  The winner will be announced in July at the program on the 30th.

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!

George E Allen Library Booneville Mississippi

George E Allen Library Booneville Mississippi







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.

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Phone: 662-728-6553
Fax: 662-728-4127
Librarian: Leigh Hood –