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Relax, parents, you aren't going to have to get a second mortgage to buy gas for the voyage. Just get them to Argie Cooper Library every Wednesday from June 1 to July 13 for the library's annual summer reading program.
"The theme this year is 'One World, Many Stories,'" said Jessica Osborne, the new children's librarian. We're traveling through our imaginations and we'll go all over the world this summer and learn about different cultures."
"Miss Jessica" hopes to have her readers do more than interact with other cultures. She would like to see them interact, as well.
"We will be donating an animal to a Third World child," she said.
The donation will be through Heifer International, a global nonprofit with a goal to ending hunger and poverty in a sustainable way.
"Heifer helps empower millions of families to lift them out of poverty and hunger to self-reliance through gifts of livestock, seeds and trees and extensive training, which provide a multiplying source of food and income," states the web site.
Jessica's explanation will be a little easier for the children to grasp. She has a book called "Beatrice's Goat," she will read that is based on a true story.
"It's about this girl who couldn't afford to go to school, but after she was given the goat, and selling the milk, she was able to get the money for school," said Jessica.
"We're doing something different with the finale, too," said Jessica. "Instead of getting 'slimed,' if the children meet their reading goal -- the same as last year's (a total of 15,205 books) -- I will kiss a real live sheep. "I think I'd rather be slimed."
To sign up for the program, or for information, visit the library at 100 S. Main St., call 684-7323 or visit http://acolibrary.com/index.htm.
June 1, 10:30 a.m.: Kick off Summer Reading with Miss Jessica.
June 8, 10 a.m.: Join Kevin Kidd for some silly songs.
June 15, 10 a.m.: Book a Trip to Hawaii with Nakai Wynick.
June 22,10:30 a.m.: Book a Trip to Egypt with Carol Smith.
June 29, 10:30 a.m.: Book a trip with Miss Jessica to Mexico.
July 6, 10 a.m. Join Mr. Ronnie of Red Dragon Martial Arts.
July 13, 10 a.m.: The finale with magician Mr. Nick.