HAMLET — The top two readers in the Hamlet Public Library’s summer reading program, Abi Hadinger and Hailey Locklear, finished more than 1,000 books, collectively, in nine weeks.
Hadinger, reading in the Juvenile division, read 545 books, while Locklear, in the Young Adult division, made it through 487.
Those two, along with the other participants, were recognized Friday, Aug. 9 at the annual Awards and Fun Day.
In all, there were 30 readers who were part of the summer program: 21 juveniles (ages 5-11) and nine young adults (ages 12-16). They read a total of 6,353 books from June 1 to Aug. 8.
Special prizes were awarded to the top readers in both categories including a LeapPad, a hoverboard and a Chromebook.
The other participants and the number of books they read are as follows:
Juvenile — Ian Hadinger-367; Harley Locklear-362; David Locklear-350; Zoe Peacock-309; Garrett Peacock-295; Hudson Hadinger-274; Elijah Robinson-206; Skyler Macedo-190; Kenneth McLaurin-188; Chloee Macedo-185; S’ryan Barnes-118; Aubrey Cranford-83; Paris Moore-64; Elizabeth Payne-60; Caydance Barbour-47; Tyler Davis-40; Grayson Barbour-38; Zakyah Rue-35; Madison Bryan-33; Zion Seay-4.
Young Adult — Gracie Blevins-402; Sequoia Davis-348; Gwen Macedo-302; Carson Hadinger-222; Starlise Barnes-192; Nikki Yound-136; Hayden Hadinger-92; Austen Hadinger-64.
Abi Hadinger, right, won a Lego space shuttle set for reading 545 books, the most of any participant.
Nina Winstead was also recognized as her name was drawn for a separate prize for summer adult readers.
A variety of activities were available for the participants, including cornhole, hula hoops, jenga, frisbees and face painting.
Joy the Clown, along with her dove Cookie, were also on hand to entertain the crowd with balloon sculptures and her unicycle.
Main Street was blocked off beside the library to allow the children to play in a giant water sprinkler set up by the Hamlet Fire Department.
Refreshments were provided by Kona Ice, Fatz, Cheerwine, Texas Roadhouse, Highway 55 and Food Lion.
Library officials thanked the sponsors and volunteers that were part of the summer program: Big Rock Sports, Bobby’s Furniture, Cheerwine, Christian Closet, Convenience Corner, Dairy Queen, Don’s Locksmith, Dunkin Donuts, Edward J. O’Neal Jr., Fatz, FirstHealth Center for Health and Fitness, Food Lion, Freedom Fitness, Grant Express Tire & Auto, Global Packaging, Hamlet Fire Department, Hamlet Friends of the Library, Hamlet Hardware, Hamlet Police Department, Hamlet Rotary Club, Fairview Heights Elementary, Monroe Avenue Elementary, Hamlet Middle School, Harrington Funeral Home, Hood Packaging Corporation, Hwy 55, Jersey Mike’s, Knit-Rite (Therafirm), La Cabana Mexican Restaurant, Lowes Home Improvement, Laurinburg Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Marshall Brown, N. Ray and Lela Cobb, Neil and Maryann DinsFriend, North Carolina Forest Service, Oz Queen CPA, Papa John’s, Peking Wok, Plastek Inc., Ray Shankle Home Sales, Scottish Foods, Pizza Inn, Sherwin-Williams Paint, Siligan Containers (Campbell Soups), Southern Products and Silica, Texas Roadhouse, Trinity Manufacturing Inc., The Hive, Watson-King Funeral Home, Wendy’s, and Zaxbys.
Librarian Belinda Norton is already preparing for the Wednesday morning storytime program that will resume after the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. Contact the staff at 910-582-3477 for further information.