Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The Williamsburg County Library continues to have its annual Summer Reading Program. On Wednesday, June 18, Joe the Balloon Dude was at the library in Kingstree. He presented a fabulous show that entertained the entire audience consisting of about 70 children ranging from ages three to 12.
The parents of these children laughed almost as hard as the kids themselves. Joe Balloon Dude made a balloon heart or sword for each child in attendance, but his laughs came from his playful energetic skits that involved slapstick comedy and magic. A simple stuffed animal had every child in the room jump with excitement as Joe playfully lunged it forward as if it were alive itself and trying get out of his hands.
The library is always pleased when programs go as well as the one did this last Wednesday. During the summer months the library strives to keep children coming into its buildings. On Wednesday Joe helped encourage reading; his magic words which all the children had to scream for his magic tricks to work were “I LOVE TO READ!” He also reminded the children that the library has books on magic tricks and puppetry.
It is great that kids get a break from their studies during the summer months, but this is the time that children need to learn that reading is fun.
The library wants to make life long readers out of all the children that come into its buildings. Joe the Balloon Dude is a great example of a performer that not only encourages reading but brings a cultural experience to the children of Williamsburg County that they may not experience elsewhere.
The Kingstree Library will have more performers coming on Wednesday’s throughout the summer.
In July the South Carolina Aquarium and Mad Science of Myrtle Beach will be at the library.
Last year the SC Aquarium brought a baby alligator which all the children loved to see, and any child that wanted to could touch the alligator’s tail. Each program takes place on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. For full details on the events at the library please call (843) 355-9486.