Few things are more natural during a long summer day than settling in with a good book and the Tucumcari library’s system Readiscover New Mexico helped over 200 young people in Tucumcari do just that.
The program under the direction of librarian Dainetta Kroeker ended Thursday with a final entertainer, Sid Hausmon from Tzuki who played a variety of musical instruments such as banjo and harmonica and sang Western songs aimed at young people. While Hausmon entertain the over 156 children, parents, or sitters dined on ice cream and cake to celebrate the successful end of the summer reading program. “It was a reward for their hard work,” said Kroeker about the cake and ice cream. “All of that work deserved a bit of reward.” Kroeker said the final get-together of the group was a very good example of the whole overall program. “It went very well,” said Kroeker about the performance, treats and door prizes. “We had a record number here today.”
The 2004 program in its entirety was also exceptionally successful. Librarian Mary Ann Molinas felt the reading program was an unprecedented success. “I think went great. I really do,” said Molinas about the Readiscover New Mexico. “We surpassed our figures from last year and that’s great. Kroeker said the program which combined reading, handicrafts, entertainment and rewards won’t stop in 2004. She said plans are already on the drawing board for the summer of 2005.
“We plan to do it again next year and have a turn out of even more children,” said Kroeker. “The vendors that donated were great and so were the people who funded the program. On the entertainment side 85 people attended the Kid Coyote program on June 26, 81 people attended the Brenda Hollingsworth Picket program on July 8 and 66 people attended the Judy Pancoast program on July 13.
On the craft side 154 build pinatas and 102 built door hangers.