LAURINBURG — The singing and laughter from excited children rose the sound level of the usually quiet Scotland County Memorial Library to new levels during the second Summer Reading Program on Wednesday.
The annual event brought in two actors from Bright Star Touring Theater to perform Old McDonald’s Sing-Along Farm. The show featured rising Eastern Carolina University senior Drew Wells and American Dramatic and Musical Academy graduate Talie Patalano.
The two performed as Old McDonald and his wife as well as several animals. The more than 200 children in attendance clapped and sang along to songs like “Bingo,” “This Old Man,” “Farmer in the Dell,” and more.
“It’s important to expose kids at this age,” Patalano said. “After performing sometimes the kids come up to us and are like “we want to be actors now,” and it’s something I wish I would have been able to see when I was a kid.”
Students who were part of the Scotland County Cooperate Extension 4-H Camp out of Laurel Hill has been bringing the students to the summer reading events for years.
“It’s a wonderful event and the kids truly enjoyed the event,” said Carolyn Love. “They’ll be singing the songs all day.”
With the camp was 5-year-old Olivia Revels, who said she really liked watching the show. Her favorite song was Old McDonald and she couldn’t wait to come back to the next program.
Also in attendance were students from Partners in Ministry. Betty Williams who was with the organization said that they’ve been bringing students here for at least four years.
“The kids really enjoy being able to come out,” said Williams. “It’s a wonderful experience for the kids and adults.”
For each of the Summer Reading Program events, there are two chances for children to catch the show, once at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday’s first show brought in about 140 children, four babies and 36 adults, while the second show brought in about 103 children, 19 adults and three toddlers.
“It went really well, we heard a lot of people were on vacation so we didn’t have as many people,” said Youth Services Librarian Lynette Butler. “Our programs have been going really well — I just wish more people would come out and participate because it’s free entertainment for the kids and it’s a great opportunity to open them up a library card and get reading.”
The “Libraries Rock” theme challenges the young ones to sign up for a reading challenge to read with their parents for a least 20 minutes a day until the program ends on Aug. 1. The incentive to keeping up with the challenge is a drawing for the grand prize of a Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight3 tablet but smaller prizes are given away to lucky children who have participated.
The next program will be on Wednesday, which will feature Caleb Sigmon an illusionist and storyteller and the following week’s program will be the “Snakes Alive” program, which is the most popular of the programs.
Katelin Gandee can be reached at 910-506-3171 or [email protected]