The library's summer reading magically begins
by Cheree Dye
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Magician Ken Scott and an audience member demonstrate the power of electricity Friday at the Cartersville Public Library. CHEREE DYE/The Daily Tribune News
Magician Ken Scott and an audience member demonstrate the power of electricity Friday at the Cartersville Public Library. CHEREE DYE/The Daily Tribune News
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Cheers and laughter filled the Cartersville Public Library room on Friday as the Wacky Science Magic Show encouraged children to read books during the summer. The event kicked off the Bartow County Library System’s summer reading program, which continues through July 26.

The theme of this summer’s program is “Fizz, Boom, Read!” and encourages kids to explore science through reading and activities.

According to a press release, “The children’s program is open to young people ages eleven and under and will feature story programs, special performances, movie screenings, prizes, including tickets to Stone Mountain Park, the Tennessee Aquarium, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History and more! Families with infants and toddlers can also participate by reading together and completing valuable literacy activities.”

The magician, Ken Scott, engaged the audience with science experiments and magic tricks while showcasing educational, fun books.

“The big reason we put on summer programs is to get kids interested in reading and to keep them reading through the summer. It is so important to get them ready for the next year. Reading is fun and it’s also a good way for parents, especially in the summer when kids are out of school, to come to the library and connect with their children,” Thomas Shalin, librarian at the Cartersville Public Library, said.

“It’s extremely important to keep them on track for the next school year. So many studies have shown that if they don’t read over the summer or are not keeping their skills sharp, they fall behind the ones who are. Especially now as content and standards are getting more rigorous and changing, you have to really stay on top of it. You can never start too early. You can start reading when they are babies,” Shalin continued.

As the kids sat “criss-cross applesauce,” Scott called up assistants from the audience. At the end of the show, the magician explained which parts of his routine included science and which ones were magic. He showed how centrifugal force aided one of his illusions.

“This is my 23rd year doing library programs. We try to customize it every year to meet the programs they are having for summer reading. The show involves the kids and, hopefully, encourages them to leave the show and go check out books; that is my goal, at least,” Scott said. “I think they get excited about the books I use in the show. I learned my tricks from a book at the early age of 8. I think with iPads and iPhones, books are getting left behind. I think if a kid can jump in a book it keeps their mind active instead of being unsocial and buried in a phone. I think books make them smarter. I still use books to learn magic, in fact half the show is built around the content in one book.”

George Tate brought his three granddaughters to the event because he hopes to better educate them through reading. “Reading helps every aspect of life. I am mainly trying to make sure they earn good enough grades to get scholarships,” Tate said.

Movie Monday, Lego Build Day, Chess Club and Drop In Game Day are held weekly and do not require advance sign up. Still there is availability to sign up for July events.

For more information, check the summer reading program calendar at http://www.bartowlibraryonline.org.