- Virtual reading set at Seymour’s library

Guest readers, from left, Teri Myers, Kendra Harris, Julie Thomas and Sheila Sturdefant are ready for the new summer-reading program at the Seymour Community Library.

For the past two decades, the Seymour Community Library has played host to weekly “storytimes” for local children during the summer break.

This summer, that program will continue.

In addition, the library will play host to a virtual summer-reading program, “Imagine Your Story,” which gets under way next week.

The program will continue during the months of June and July, with meetings held on the summer-reading program’s Facebook page — Seymour Community Library Summer Reading Program.

“Readers of all ages will explore all things fairy-tale and fantasy,” a news release said.

The official summer-reading program launch on Facebook arrives next week, then the first virtual storytime is set for Tuesday, June 2, with Seymour Elementary School Principal Leslie Penner-Davis as the first story reader.

Reading packets for the program can be picked up on Wednesday, June 3, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Seymour Community Library, located on East Clinton Avenue, next to the Seymour R-II School District’s administration office.

Packets will include books for each child to read, as well as activities to accompany the weekly storytimes.

“Make sure you like our Facebook page to keep up to date on the program,” the release said.

This year, each child in the summer-reading program will receive a free book for completing the program.

These books have been donated in memory of Rebecca Sharon, who taught at the elementary and junior-high levels in Seymour for 23 years.

She helped form the Seymour Friends of the Library organization and was president of the city’s library board for nine years when the new library was built. She believed that “the good life” was one that served, made things better for other people and honored God. These attributes were evident in the countless hours she spent tutoring students of all ages and serving in various roles in the community.

The news release noted that the Seymour Community Library “is honored to pay tribute to Mrs. Sharon during our summer-reading program.”

For more information on the program, call the library at 417-935-4193 and speak to Joy Hume or Teri Myers.

Here is the schedule of guest storytime readers this summer at the local library:

June 2 — Leslie Penner-Davis (principal of the Seymour Elementary School).

June 4 — Helen Philpott and Sheila Sturdefant (Care To Learn program).

June 9 — Michael Kyle (American Family Insurance).

June 11 — Michelle Underwood (local author and representative of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum).

June 16 — Julie Thomas (Seymour Area Arts Council).

June 18 — Terry Penner (The Seymour Bank).

June 23 — Seymour YMCA.

June 25 — Suzanna Lynn (local author).

June 30 — Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum.

July 4 — Denise Ivy.

July 9 — Teri and Tom Leonard.

July 11 — Kendra Harris (coordinator of the summer-reading program).

July 16 — Nadine Crisp (Seymour Community Development Association).

July 18 — Cheri McCormack (Parents As Teachers).

July 23 — Renne Wallace (Greater Seymour Area Foundation).

July 26 — Katelynn Smith (2019 Apple Princess).

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