Reading in the Park
When you visit the park on Thursdays, you will find a scholarly addition to the scenery. The Madison County Library has restarted their Book Wagon program.
The program was started to make books more available to residents during the summer months. Britnee Hunter is the outreach librarian in charge of the Book Wagon.
“We just want people to come and check out books, know that there is easy access, and that anyone can come and read no matter whether they can come to the library, or just to the park,” says Britnee Hunter, the Outreach Librarian.
The Book Wagon is just a small part of the number of summer activities offered by the Madison County Library. It was started five years ago when the library received a grant to make book available to kids, but ended a few years ago. This summer is the first year in it’s restarting stage.
“And so we wanted to make sure that if they couldn’t come to the library that at least they would have access to books in the parks and the schools that they still go to,” says Hunter.
They feature a number of activities for kids, including story time. Also, you can get a library card, check out books, and return books at the Book Wagon.
“It’s fun to come out to the park and see the kids, interact with them, and in a place other than the library where they have to be more quiet and subdued,” says Hunter.
Every Thursday from 11-12, the book wagon can be found in Smith Park, and then from 12-1, in Porter Park. On Tuesdays the book wagon can be found At South Fork Elementary from 10-11, and Burton Elementary from 11:30-12:30.