We have lots of bright young minds visiting the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library every day. First, I would like to introduce you to Mikenley King. Mikenley, 10, participated in and completed our 2019 summer reading challenge. She even won one of our prizes, a Star Wars Lego kit. Way to go, Mikenley!

I was able to ask her a few questions when she came in to pick up her prize. Mikenley is most definitely a reader. Please read below to learn more about her and her thoughts on the library.

Question: How do you use the library?

Mikenley: I use it to check out books and CDs. I have a bigger variety to choose from at the library.

Question: What do you like most about visiting the library?

Mikenley: It is quiet so I can focus. No one tells me what level I have to read. I really love that I can pick whatever I want to read.

Question: Why is the library important to you?

Mikenley: It is a good place for kids to go and read outside of school. There is "no reason not to come." You can meet friends at the library.

Question: What is your favorite book of all time?

Mikenley: "Pieces of Why" by KL Going

It should come as no surprise that I have even more smart young kids to introduce you to. Five-year-old Lily McDaniel and 5-year-old Joshua are the latest participants to complete our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. We are very proud of their accomplishment! This year-round program encourages families to read to young children between birth and 5 years old, with the goal of reading 1,000 books together before a child reaches kindergarten. Participating families track the books they read in logs the library provides. This is a great program to help get your kids ready to start school.

If you would like to learn more about our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, please contact Lizzy Stuckey, youth services manager, at stuckeyl@ngrl.org. To view our upcoming events and learn more about what the library has to offer this summer, visit www.ngrl.org or Facebook.com/DaltonWhitfieldLibrary. Thank you for reading, and I hope to see you at the library soon!

Brandy Wyatt is the administrator of the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library.

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