Curious George, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Reading Fairy, Thing One and Thing Two, Franklin the Turtle, SnowBird, Red Robin, and the Cat in the Hat were all seen in Rutherford County Saturday.
Curious George visits with Daphne and Jennie Tilson, Omar and Sami Allem and volunteer Christina Barr at the LaVergne Rally 2009. Photo submitted
So were LaVergne Mayor Erwin, WGNS’s Bart Walker and lots of happy children and their families.
LaVergne, Smyrna and Murfreesboro Libraries held their reading rallies inside because of the rain, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of families who flocked to their library to enjoy magicians, music, storytellers, and their favorite characters.
“There was a Murfreesboro family who came to the LaVergne Rally just to see Curious George,” said Ruth Ventrice, Read To Succeed Council member and Rally volunteer.
Books were distributed and great door prizes thanks to Discovery Center, Hastings Books, Bushido School of Karate and Read To Succeed.
“This is the 7th Reading Rally in Murfreesboro and the 6th for Smyrna and LaVergne,” said Ronni Shaw, Read To Succeed executive director. “It’s the first time we’ve actually been truly rained out. One other year it drizzled and we moved inside, but it seems everything has been ‘rained out’ this month.”
But that didn’t stop the families from showing up. More than 2,000 peopl walked through the doors at Linebaugh Library, Director Rita Shacklett said.
“Our goal with the Reading Rally is just to get folks enjoying the library,” Shaw said.
With the economy struggling the libraries have been getting plenty of traffic and staff is working extra hours without a raise in pay. The Linebaugh system, although the recipient of Murfreesboro City funding, relies on the community for financial support, Shaw said.
“Please consider joining the Friends of Linebaugh Library to support the libraries efforts.”
Read To Succeed, the community literacy collaborative in Rutherford County, promotes reading with an emphasis on family literacy. The nonprofit initiative supports literacy programs and fosters awareness of the importance of reading.
For more information, visit www.readtosucceed.org.