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Library plans summer programs that are ‘out of this world’

School is out.

And before the children can say, “I’m bored,” the Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library will kick off its summer reading program.

Registration will begin June 1 and run through June 22 at the library, 700 Veto St.

The theme for this year’s reading program is “A Universe of Stories,” and Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library Director Katrina Stokes said weekly activities and books for all ages are planned.

Also, there will be a few new happenings offered for those interested in participating.

“This year we will be counting minutes read instead of number of books,” Stokes said.

“We believe this will make reaching reading goals more equitable. Books for older children and teens are much longer and it’s harder to compete with shorter picture and chapter books,” she said, adding, “Each participant will also make a goal of how many minutes they will spend reading over the six week program.”

For every 100 minutes of reading, participants will have their name entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire or $50 gift card, Stokes said.

“We will also have free treats for each 100 minutes read and prizes will be awarded to top readers,” she said.

Stokes said the library staff will conduct all of the planned events in partnership with the Vicksburg Kiwanis Club, which provided the library with funding toward the Summer Library Program.

“The Vicksburg Kiwanis Club will also provide volunteers,” Stokes said.

Excel by 5 and the United Way of West Central Mississippi will also be on hand at the kickoff event to provide activities to preschoolers at the Parent Resource Center located on the bottom floor of the library.

“Library events and activities are free and open to the public, and if anyone needs more information or are interested in volunteering to assist with any of our events, please call the library at 601-636-6411,” Stokes said.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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