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Library kicks off reading program

LAWRENCEVILLE - There was hand clapping, knee slapping, head shaking and foot stomping Thursday as a group of kids and Gwinnett County Public Library staff members kicked off this year's summer reading program at the Lawrenceville library branch.

Tiny hands shot into the air in excitement when Nicole Wilson, events and outreach specialist, asked the kids gathered how many of them liked to draw and paint.

The number of hands that went up in the crowd was a good sign, as drawing and painting are two of the many activities Gwinnett children can get into at their local libraries this summer during Be Creative @ Your Library.

Four-year-old Natasha Bishop donned a bright pink princess hat during Thursday's kickoff event as library staff read "The Princess and the Gallant Knight." Natasha said pink is her favorite color.

James McCarty, 6, a rising first-grader at Dominion Classical Christian Academy of Lawrenceville, represented the trumpeters in the story, holding up an illustration of a trumpet.

"I really liked the story where it goes, 'Ching!'" James said. The group was asked to make that sound - "Ching!" - any time they heard the word "sword."

Events and activities like those held at library branches throughout Gwinnett this week will continue in June and on into July with puppet shows, games, crafts, special performers, storytimes, movies and more to encourage children to explore reading and creative arts while enjoying their summer vacations from school. For a listing of events and the locations at which they will be held, visit or stop by any library branch.