HAMLET — Summer reading paid off for several young readers who gathered around the Hamlet Public Library for Family Fun Day Friday, with gifts including games, gift cards for the shop in the depot and new backpacks.
The festivities sported an Olympics theme, complete with podiums for the bronze, silver and gold medal winners — kids who read the most books throughout the summer.
Sequoia Davis took the bronze with a grand total of 155 books logged and verified by library officials. Hadia McLaurin claimed the silver with 164 books, and Carson Hadinger won the gold for reading 217 books.
All children who participated in the summer reading program received prizes, and the morning was alive with summertime activities, including a giant sprinkler in the center of Main Street, a snow cone stand manned by The Friends of the Hamlet Public Library, an Olympics-inspired obstacle course, cornhole games and a video game trailer with outdoor music and karaoke.
Business mascots from Aaron’s, Pizza Inn and Texas Roadhouse roamed the grounds along with Smokey Bear. A fire truck from Hamlet Fire and Rescue and a truck from the North Carolina Forest Service were parked on display across Main Street from the library.
Alivia Webb, 9, was surprised that her name was drawn for one of the two bicycles given away by Bobby’s Furniture.
“I’m happy, because I had to keep on riding my sister’s bike because mine got too small,” Webb said. “I just like to go on family rides with my parents and my sister.”
Webb said the color of her new bike, purple, was perfect.
The other bicycle went to Cuyler Stables, 4, who was not present for the announcement.
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