“Every Hero Has a Story” & “Unmasked” Coleman Public Library has Awards Day June 24th, 2015
The Coleman Public Library completed its Summer Reading Programs “Every Hero Has A Story” and theme for the Youth Book Club “Unmasked” on June 24th, 2015 @ 10:00 am. Two Super Big Cakes! Decorated with the theme logo’s, made by Karen McGee, ice cream and punch were served for refreshments. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading programs. Next year the theme for children’s program will be “On your Mark, Get Set, Read!” and for the Youth Book Club “Gen in the Game!”
Librarian Sue Dossey announced to a crowd of 168 on how the Summer Reading Program begins in April. A book/bake sale is held and all the proceeds go towards the reading program to help pay for the children book bags, arts and crafts activities, programs and prizes. Those returning their reading logs and completing their reading requirements receive a reading certificate and coupons from local businesses. One free swim pass from the City of Coleman, one free ice cream cone from Coleman Dairy Queen, one free personal pan pizza from Coleman Pizza Hut, one free drink from Coleman Best Fried Chicken and one free drink from Owl Drug Store. The Friends of the Library would also like to thanks following businesses and organizations for additional donations for the reading program: Coleman Kiwanis Club, Coleman Vet Clinic, Coleman County State Bank, Tyson Pharmacy, Grammer’s, Coleman County Electric Cooperative, Coleman County Telephone Cooperative, Inc., Mike Ray and Big O’s.
A total of 243 children signed up for the reading program and 120 completed the program. The library kicked the program off on June 3rd, with registration and a special program “Zooniversity”, a teaching zoo that comes to the children. Their programs are carefully crafted to educate, as well as entertain. Children learned about some animals and insects that have amazing abilities to live in their environments. Friends would also like to thank our local heroes: The Police Department, Sheriff’s Department and the drug dog, Fire Department, Heart of Texas Ambulance service workers for giving programs each week during the reading program.
Winners of the coloring contest were: Piper Tammany-Toddler/Pre-K/Kindergarten, Aiyana Payne-1st & 2nd grades, John Koch-3rd, 4th, & 5th grades, and Daisy Garza-Youth Book Club. Each received an Art Craft Set.
Committee members for the program this year were Bridgett Wakefield, Sarah Beal, Jessica Phillips, Sandra Rose, Mona Turner and Debbie Faries. Bridgett Wakefield told the audience her Youth Book Club had thirty nine students to sign up and sixteen completed the program. The group discussed the book selected “The Mysterious Benedict Society” and made Morse code bracelets. Those completing the program had their names included in a drawing for the grand prize, a Barnes and Noble Nook. The winner of the nook was Makaylee Rosales. Winners of the t-shirts were Yuliana Garza, Noah Stewart and Brooklyn Gilbreath.
Toddler/Pre-K/Kindergarten chairman Sarah Beal reported she had forty two to sign up and thirty seven to complete. They had fun with programs, arts and craft activities. The grand prize for this group was a Nabi Jr. The winner was Richard (R.J.) Morgan IV. Those that received t-shirts were: Miguel Quinonez, Leah McKinney and Shi Raevion Posey.
Committee member Jessica Phillips was in charge of the 1st and 2nd grades. She had seventy to sign up and forty four to complete. Her group enjoyed stories, programs, and craft activities. For this group the top three readers in each grade were recognized. Each received a t-shirt and their names were in the drawing for a 3D Doodle Pen grand prize.
Top Three Readers in 1st grade were: Lexi McKinley, Bree Dela Rosa and Brooke Dela Rose. 2nd grade: Paisley Rae, Olivia Jefferson, and Addi Dawson. The winner of the 3D Doodle pen was Brooke Dela Rosa.
Committee member Sandra Rose was in charge of the 3rd, 4th & 5th grades. Sandra had ninety two to sign up and thirty two to complete and receive their reading certificates. They also enjoyed programs and art and craft activities. Top three readers in each grade were recognized and received a t-shirt. Their names were in the drawing for grand prize. A 3D Doodle Pen was awarded to Kimberley Stanford. Top three readers in 3rd grade were: Nicholas Smith, Tully Stanford and Alana Young. 4th grade readers were: John Koch, Jade Ash and Natalee Rose. 5th grade readers were: A.J. Phillips, Kimberly Stanford and Brylie Gilbreath.
After the award ceremonies the crowd was introduced to Shilo Harris. Shilo is a Coleman native and was injured while on patrol in Iraq when his Humvee was struck by an IED. He told the audience of his experience and his will to live and endure the many surgeries he has received. He spoke of heroes all around us and stressed to the children “You can be a hero today and every day.” The children were able to ask questions and pose pictures with Shilo. Thank You Shilo for your service to our country and taking time to speak at our award program.
A complete list of readers receiving certificates are: Leah McKinley, Brandon Scroggins, Daniel Reyna, Shi’Raevion Posey, Quintel Brown, Cameron Cash, Nolan Cash, Jeighlyn McPherson, Piper Tammany, Quinn Tammany, Brynley Rae, Richard (R.J.) Morgan,, Kayanna Morgan, Laryn Jones, Parker Danek, McKenzie Stanford, Grady Dawson, Joshua Quinonez, Miguel Quinonez, Lauren Robinson, Jack Wise, Jolie Wise, Bree Dela Rosa, Brooks Dela Rosa, Jeri Kateland Martin, Rey Reyna, Kaci Garrett, Ethan Hemphill, Hadley Hemphill, Andrea Phillips, Bethanie Rose, Cali Beal, Lexi McKinley, Mazzy Smiley, Nigella Cleland, Caleb Hale, Jacob Keeney, Angel, Marquez, Kiah Marquez, Addison Morrison, Dennis Penny Jr., Jayden Stacey, Jacob Keeney, Harley Blake, Mason Danek, Cali Carrillo, Louden Stanford, Trever Brooks, Ashly Moore, Jalynn Carrillo, Sarah Moran, Paisley Rae, Ceairah Eldred, Hayden Flores, Brittney Gutierrez, Jacelyn Keys, Olivia Jefferson, Kadence Robinson, Aiyana Payne, Micah Lackey, Noah Mendoza, Yelana Martin, Eternity Cifuentes, Giovanny Villanueva, Aaron Baker, Caleb Keeney, Bruno Marquez, Addi Dawson, Dylan Dossey, Zane Moore, Nicholas Smith, Myia Rose, Brooklynn Loyd, Emily Bowden, Skylar Clark, Darrel Blake, Savannah Yockey, Alana Young, Julianna Kincaid, Katalina Brunetti, Elizabeth Perez, Aurora Goen, Kenlie Castleberry, Bayli Ferguson, Anthony Espitia, Hannah Smith, Tully M. Stanford, Layla Walker, Sadie Edington, Robert Lewis, Mia Alanis, Christian Espitia, Jade Ash, John Koch, Natalee Rose, Hannah Jefferson, A.J. Phillips, Neily Jeter, Daniel Vasquez, Brylei Gilbreath, Nevah Eldred, Ethan Burnetti, Ruby Perez, Kimberly Stanford.
Youth Book Club: Trenton Cowart, Brooklyn Gilbreath, Emily Moran, Hannah Rose, Jessica Kyser, Makailey Rosales, Latara Strawbridge, Nathan Nash, Daisy Garza, Caesar Nunez, Jenifer Garza, Yuli Garza, Noah Stewart, Lexi Dossey, Edgar Nunez, Jeffery Edington.
Pictured (L-R): Cake - Made by
Karen Magee, Color contest winners - Piper Tammany, Aiyanna Payne, John Koch & Daisy Garza; Grand prize winners - R.J. Morgan -Nabi Jr. Winner, Makaylee Rosales - Barnes and Noble Nook winner - (Youth Book Club),
Brooke DeLaRosa - 3D Doodle Pen &
Kimberly Stanford not present.
Shilo Harris is pictured giving a speech and meeting with the children.