Library skills

Library Director Sharron Thomas looks on as kids work with computer programs. The Hobson City Public Library received a $1,500 grant to help with improvements designed to help with child literacy. 

HOBSON CITY A state lawmaker on Wednesday gave this town’s library director a $1,500 grant, money the director says she’ll use to pay for a summer reading program held recently.

 

Rep. Barbara Boyd, D-Anniston, gave Hobson City Public Library director Sharron Thomas a check for the program at the library on Wednesday afternoon. Thomas had applied to Boyd for the grant, given from money the lawmaker said she can spend in her district on worthy programs.

Boyd said Wednesday she was late in giving the money.

The program, which ended in August, was open to both children and adults. Thomas said that just more than 100 participated, reading books and doing other activities to win small prizes.

The library also hosted several presentations as part of the program, including one from a museum and a magic show. Those events, along with brochures advertising the program, were the source of her expenses, Thomas said.

Several of the children who participated in the program were at the library Wednesday when Boyd presented her check.

Thomas said she aims next year to improve the program, and plans to apply for a grant from Boyd again.

“I’d like to see more children more actively engaged in summer reading, and meeting their goals,” the librarian said. Some who started the program didn’t stick with it, she said.

 

Staff writer Zach Tyler: 256-235-3564. On Twitter @ZTyler_Star.