SPRINGFIELD — Linda Stutts, head librarian of the Springfield Branch of the Orangeburg County Library system, says she looks forward to Fridays, not because it is the end of the work week, but because it is the day the Neeses’ Head Start Program brings one of its kindergarten classes to the library for a themed story-time.
“We are very lucky to live in a community like Springfield where there are so many people who are willing to read to the children,” Stutts said. “Right now, our theme is community workers, and our chief of police, Terry Logan, agreed to read to the children about police officers and their work and to complete an activity with them.
“The children were precious, and Chief Logan was a wonderful story reader. He brought his patrol car for them to see. Each child got to sit in the car and press the siren button. He even let them try on his hat.”
Stutts said there is a need for many story readers for the remainder of the year.
“If you would like to read a story to the children, please contact me at the library. Also, we are collecting books that we can give to the children to keep. Last year, a donor from the community gave some books for this purpose and when we gave them to the children, you should have just seen their faces,” she said. “I hope that is a tradition we can continue.”
Stutts said resident Gladys Wright has already donated some pop-up books this year for the library to give to its young friends.
Those who would like to volunteer or donate a book are asked to call Stutts at 803-258-1100.
The Springfield Branch Library is located on the first floor of the Springfield High School building. The hours of operation are: Monday, 3-7 p.m.; Tuesday, 2-6 p.m.; Wednesday, closed; Thursday, 2-6 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
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