The LaFollette Public Library kicked off the summer reading program with a little magic and fun as Ronald McDonald promoted the benefits of reading.
About 50 children sat quietly on the floor as the colorful clown performed magic tricks and sparked their imaginations with the possibilities of reading.
McDonald, along with the McDonald Program Manager for the region Kali Starr, were the first guests of the summer reading program at the LaFollette Library.
Children participating in the program try to read as many books as possible in five weeks, enjoying interactive weekly programs every Tuesday. The children will also be provided a bag lunch after each meeting. The children are rewarded at the end of the program with certificates and prizes based on the number of books they read.
Library Director Nancy Green was impressed with the first turnout of the summer as the city hall room was packed with children and parents.
McDonald used books to demonstrate the fun associated with reading. He had the children participate by choosing words from the dictionary. They also assisted him with reading the directions to make a sock puppet.
The children laughed and called out words as McDonald casually joked, his expressions mimicking the character seen in McDonald advertisements.
For more information about the program or upcoming visitors to the library contact Green at 562-5154.