Summer reading finale

Amanda Gordon

Hartselle Enquirer

 

Thursday, July 28, was the finale of the Hartselle Summer Reading Program. The Library staff gave the kids a treat for the last day, a magician. For several years, the librarians have called upon Archie, the magician to provide an amazing last day for the program and he never fails. He performed several tricks, making jokes about how they think that they know what he’s doing and then proving them wrong.

Archie and Mary Wade have been married for 57 years. Archie was born in Memphis, Tenn. and checked out all kinds of magic books in his local library. Now, the couple travels all around Alabama to perform in front of children in all kinds of places. He performs tricks with his friends, Danny the dog and Freddy the flea. His main concern is to always entertain children and encourage them to read more books. “Reading is very important. I can’t think of any job in the world that you don’t have to read anything,” says Archie. As he used magic words to open canisters and different boxes, he always used the words “readers are leaders” and “reading is fun.”

The William Bradford Huie Library of Hartselle is ecstatic at the amount of students that learned how to read and have read a lot of books.

At the Falkville Public Library, the kids spent their last day of summer reading reading Stephanie’s Ponytail, receiving goody bags and eating hot dogs and ice cream sundaes. “We come here every year, it’s fun!” says a parent. All children of Hartselle and Falkville enjoyed their summers and are ecstatic about what they have in store for next year.

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