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Library summer programs begin Thursday
W Library Show 2009
"Magical educator" Chad Crews will open the Statesboro Regional Library's summer program with a show on Thursday. - photo by Special
      Chad Crews describes himself as a "magical educator" and he will perform his "Creative Reading Extravaganza" at the Statesboro Regional Library on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
      Crews is part of the library's Summer Reading Program -- the first in a series of shows that will be held at the same time each Thursday morning through July 16 for children ages 3 - 12.
      Crews has performed educational programs for libraries and schools for several years. His show includes live animals, dancing, musical instruments and other routines.
      The performing arts theme of the 2009 Summer Reading Program is "Be Creative at Your Library."
      Teens 13 and up will participate in their own special activities with a musical show planned for Tuesday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m. Pladd Dot Music's School of Rock will present live music performed by local teens. Chris Mitchell, owner and proprietor of the music store, designed the School of Rock program for students who have taken lessons and now want to experience what it's like to be a professional artist.
      According to teen services coordinator Jessica Garner, "The live performance featured at the Statesboro Regional Library will be the first experience for many of the bands in the School of Rock program."
      The Library's summer activities run from June 4 - July 16. Children ages 3 - 18 may sign up to read books each week for fun and prizes. A Reader of the Week will be chosen each week with a special drawing in July for Reader of the Summer.
      In addition, the school having the most readers during the summer will win the Library's Summer Readers Cup and will be able to display the trophy at their school throughout the year.
      "The library always plans an exciting variety of activities and incentives for all ages during the summer break," said Elaine McDuffie, head of Youth and Family Services. "Besides being fun, the Library's Summer Reading Program helps reinforce skills acquired during the school year and encourages children to continue reading and learning all year long."
      A complete list of programs and activities is available on the library's website at For more information about the programs, you may call (912) 764-1344.


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