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Summer Reading Program wraps up

Mark Seymour will perform at the Greenville-Butler County Public Library on Tuesday at 1 p.m. (Courtesy Photo)

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Be At Your Best’s Mark Seymour will bring his high-energy musical performance to Greenville on Tuesday as the public library wraps up its 2012 Summer Reading Program.

The program will start at 1 p.m.

“Mark Seymour is always a big draw at public libraries across the state,” said Library Director Kevin Pearcey. “He’s been here before and the kids – and parents – have enjoyed the enthusiasm and excitement of his performances.”

Seymour is a Nashville native who has performed for over a million people, has two decades of experience in the music industry. He’s played drums for luminaries like Lori Morgan, Kitty Wells and Percy Sledge and been featured on Crook and Chase, People Magazine TV and CNN. The Birmingham-based drummer decided to leave behind the bright lights of Music City in order to travel to schools, libraries and churches where he can share music with a message – the importance of character education.

Pearcey said the library had over ninety children sign-up for this year’s reading program and make a commitment to reading. Those who completed their reading goals received a special “goodies” bag of awards. Also, 48 children from W.O. Parmer Elementary’s summer school program was able to attend the library’s kickoff Magic Show and enjoy a special day of reading and crafts at the library in June.

“I credit both our children’s librarian Lee Johnson and aide Elizabeth Anne McGowin for creating a program that kept the children’s attention and got them exciting about reading,” said Pearcey. “Summers are always fun here at the library because parents have more time to bring their children in and expose them to everything we have to offer.”

The library still has Summer Reading “Dream Big – Read!” T-shirts available for children, said Pearcey. Cost is $6.