23 attend Exeter Branch Library's first summer reading program session

By Andrea Camarena

Finger puppet dragons roared back and forth while paper unicorns soared.

All in a day's play at the Exeter Branch of the Tulare County Library thanks to this summer's summer reading program "Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds."

The six-week program debuted on Wednesday, June 15 with a room full of young children ready to read. The kids, ranging in age from 4 to 11, piled in for the first session's "Dragons and Unicorns" theme. Every Wednesday, the library will offer a different theme relating to "Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds."

For the first session, branch manager Carol Beers read "Behold the Dragon" to a group of 20 children. The children pointed at the large pictures of various types of dragons in both awe and confusion. After Beers' reading, the kids went to work to create their own dragons and unicorns with arts and crafts projects. In this first session, Exeter Library had a total of 23 members in the program.

Members received reading logs to keep track of how many books they read over the course of the summer. At the final session of the program on July 20, participants will receive prizes determined by how many books the children read.

The next session of "Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds" will take place today at 2:30 p.m. at the Exeter Branch Library. The reading theme will will be "Medieval Life and Times." Children will here stories about the markets and day to day lives of the medieval times. Games and activities will follow the reading session.

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