More than 100 Brown County kids and parents attended a celebration party as part of the conclusion of the Brownwood Public Library’s summer reading program Thursday afternoon at the Adams Street Community Center.

Several kids received numerous prizes through a drawing that included a bike and tickets to Schlitterbahn before entertainment act Dru Woods, a professional puppeteer, provided laughs and an introduction to her colorful puppets.

After Woods’ entertainment, other kids claimed smaller prizes and ate pizza to cap off the eight-week program.

The goal of the program is for kids to read and be active throughout the summer months when schools are out. Children’s librarian Jan McLaughlin said 165 kids read more than 4,000 books in the span. The program was sponsored by 38 local businesses.

“It’s real terrific to have that kind of support from the community,” McLaughlin said.

Guest speakers during the program have included the following: Abilene Zoo, KRBC Meteorologist Randy Turner; Daniel Graham of the Brownwood Area Community Garden; San Angelo Symphony; Brownwood Fire Department; Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose; Air Evac Lifeteam; Abilene Kennel Club.

Story time returning in the fall

The library will continue its story time schedule back in September every Tuesday and Thursday.

On Tuesday’s, library aid Pat Cunningham will read stories to kids aged 0-3 starting at 10:30 a.m.

On Thursday’s, McLaughlin will do so at the same time with the 4- and 5-year-olds.