It#039;s Dragon time!

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 20, 2006

Magical things continue to happen at the Greenville-Butler County Public Library this summer. The Summer Reading Program’s theme, &uot;Once Upon a Time,&uot; is ably demonstrated when you walk into the Children’s Room.

Knights of yore float from the ceiling, while Rapunzel peers out of her tower room, dragons dance across the walls, the frog prince grins atop his lily pad, and a castle nestles among the clouds.

In previous weeks, youngsters have enjoyed learning about classic stories such as &uot;The Fox and Grapes&uot; and &uot;The Frog Prince,&uot; complete with treats like Lilypad Punch and Gummi frogs.

Last week, the children enjoyed a visit to the time when fire-breathing dragons were said to roam the earth.

Kathy Lowery, subbing for Children’s Librarian &uot;Miss&uot; Jean Bauer this summer, shared the light-hearted story of &uot;The Knight and the Dragon&uot; with 4th, 5th and 6th graders during Thursday’s 3 p.m. session.

The story had a twist – when the knight and dragon wore themselves out in a fight, the two decided to become friends and start their own barbecue stand called &uot;K&D.&uot;

The book is just one of many imaginative tales youngsters can check out from the library.

Robbie Owens, Portia and Pierre Thomas, Brice Jones, Morgan Perdue, Ashley McInvale and Anne-Grace Hartman all participated in a fun story chant with hand motions as they &uot;went on a dragon hunt.&uot;

&uot;Have you played ‘Pin the Tail on the Donkey’? Well, we are going to play ‘Pin the Tail on the Dragon’ today,&uot; Miss Kathy explained to the youngsters.

Each child donned a blindfold, spun around a few times and tried their luck at returning the dragon’s tail to its rightful owner.

After the game, the children began coloring and cutting to make their own dragon puppets, complete with &uot;flames&uot; they could shoot in and out of their dragons’ mouths.

With such a fiery subject, it was only natural to have a high-temperature snack to close out the session. Salsa with chips and a sunny orange drink were enjoyed by the children, who proclaimed the treat &uot;not TOO hot.&uot;

&uot;Next week, we are going to enjoy the story of ‘The Magic Goldfish,’&uot; Miss Kathy said.

As she handed out the take-home activity pages, Miss Kathy reminded the children, &uot;Each of you who reads at least 20 books this summer will be able to choose a prize from the magical treasure box at the end of the program.&uot;

The library’s Summer Reading Program continues through the last Thursday in July. Two, three and four-year-old children are invited to attend the 10:30 a.m. session on Wednesdays; age five and those who have completed second grade meet at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays.

Second, third and fourth graders meet at 3 p.m. Thursdays. Everyone is asked to arrive promptly so the fun can begin.

For more info, contact the Greenville-Butler County Public Library at 382-3216.