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#039;Books ahoy#039; said Maynard, my boy

Magic and Maynard were the order of the day at Brundidge Station Wednesday.

More than 90 kids, ages 1 to 80, attended the culminating event of the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library's summer library program.

Magician Steven Burgess entertained the group with silly songs, stories of peg-leg pirates and a bit of rabbit-in-the-hat magic that had even some of the adults scratching their heads. But, perhaps, the most magical moment came when Maynard, a creature not of this planet, appeared to amuse and amaze the kids with its wit and wisdom.

Maynard traveled to Brundidge in what appeared to be a trash can, but was actually a can-dominium, Burgess said. But, once there, the colorful character was the hit of the show with its shenanigans.

"We were very pleased with the number of people who came out for the finale of the summer library program," said Jane Ward, children's librarian. "We had 68 children enrolled on the program, 'Books Ahoy!' And, the children read a total of 43,000 pages during the course of the program. Attendance was good throughout the program, so we feel our summer library program was a great success."

Children's author Anne Dalton also was a featured guest of the summer library program. Her presentation of "The Mystery of Massacre Island" kept kids on the edge of their seats. Ward said bringing in Dalton and Burgess greatly enhanced the kids' summer program.

Recognition awards were presented to the top readers in three age groups.

The awards were presented for the number of pages read, not the number of books, Ward said.

Tony Holmes was the top reader in the fifth and sixth grade group and Adam Grant was second best.

In the third and fourth grade group, Liberty Kilpatrick was tops and Steven Buzzan

to second place honors.

Courtney Buzzan topped the "little people." Keron Adams was second best.