NEWBERRY — Summer reading programming continued at the Hal Kohn Memorial Library last week and last Friday children were treated to a reading by Kim Brown, sister to author/illustrator Marc Brown.
Kim filled the role of the real D.W., one of the star characters in the Arthur children’s book series which also became a television series.
Early in his career, Marc Brown made school visits and library visits with children but as the television demands increased he delegated the appearances to his sister.
Kim had a stamp so Marc’s autograph would appear in children’s books and she signed on behalf of D.W.
Using a power point projector, she read to the group but the day extended beyond a reading.
The children participated in hands-on activities as she taught them how to draw Arthur.
Brown also explained the illustration process and gave examples of black and white and color illustrations, of the proofing process and more.
The final performance on Friday was Brown’s last as she retired after 20 years.
During her career she did presentations in every state except for Alaska and Idaho.
“I think they learned more about the process of writing a book (from Kim Brown),” said Jessica Toland, director of Children’s Services. “It’s not an easy job.”
Brown said her goals included inspiring children to read, write and draw.
She said over the years she had read to thousands of children and it was special to her brother that she could extend the reach of his writing and interactive content to so many people.
Toland said the library continues to search for authors and other creative influences to expand the horizons of young people in Newberry County.
Newberry County Library Director Sam Ziady said, “(At Hal Kohn Library) we do whatever we can to promote reading. Children’s books (like the Arthur series) encourage reading and independent thinking/critical thinking skills that help children develop life skills they need.”
The summer reading program continues with performances the final two Fridays in July.
Clown Lee Andrews performs at 3 p.m. July 18 and a chemistry magic show will be presented by the Chemistry Department at Lander University at 3 p.m. July 26.
The finale on Aug. 1 will include a 2 p.m. end-of-summer party featuring Cara Vara, Hula Hoop Lady.