The Daleville Public Library celebrated the end of its “out-of-this-world” summer program on Wednesday, July 17, with an ice cream party and other treats.

Party attendants could choose from a variety of toppings for their ice cream, enjoying a sweet snack while working on cool, “out-of-this-world” arts and crafts projects.

The top summer readers were also recognized, receiving a gift for their work exploring “A Universe of Stories,” the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program.

The top reader in the 7-11 age group was Arabella McClenny. In the 3-6 age group, Eivin McClenny was the top reader, Hayden Phillips was the second highest reader and Destan Phillips was the third highest reader.

"A Universe of Stories” and the activities held during the summer program encouraged children and youth to explore books and stories while out of school.

Visitors were entertained by ventriloquist and comedian Gene Cordova. Cordova brought his puppet friends from outer space, Baby Orbit and Cosmo, to perform a variety of tricks and feats, with one trick based on a children’s book “Aliens Love Underpants.”

Children took part in his acts while learning the importance of reading and what reading can do for all people.

Program visitors learned about creatures that can also be found in the stars thanks to Animal Tales, which showcased various constellations in the sky and the animals that inspired the names. Some of the creatures introduced to the crowd were Antares the Asian Forest Scorpion, Aria the Coatimundi, Apollo the Colorado River Toad, Mars the Green Cheek Conure, Bugs the Flemish rabbit and Venus the Dumeril’s boa.

Children were able to see the creatures up close and, in some cases, even hold the animals.

They were encouraged by Animal Tales Owner and Co-Director John Ham to visit the library to learn about any local wildlife.

During his performance, Magician J.C. Titan of Titan Magic challenged event-goers’ imaginations, interacted with children, performed space-themed magic tricks that defied gravity and more. He also spoke to the children about the importance of reading and libraries, encouraging them to visit the library.

Visitors to the library also had the opportunity to explore “A Universe of Music,” thanks to a performance by the Daleville High School Jazz Band.

The band performed "The Bear Necessities," "Embraceable You," "Tuxedo Junction," "Louie Louie," "Ballad for a Blue Horn" and "How High the Moon.”

Band Director Mark Nichols also introduced visitors to different instruments played in the jazz band and got the children involved, showing them how to play maracas to the music.

Throughout the summer, DPL visitors had other unique summer program opportunities. Children could attend Movie Mondays for children ages 3-11.

Teen programs were available, and the library’s Little Learners Storytime was available for children ages 0-5.

For the adults, an Adult Book Club and an adult coloring club were great times to visit the library. For the adult movie lovers, the library also held the Bad B-Movie Bonanza.

For more information on programs or other services at the DPL, call the library at (334) 503-9119.

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