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Wild and Free

Children are given an interpretive dance performance by the Jeslyn Dance Company Monday.


The fun thing about books is sometimes, with a little imagination, they come to life and sometimes, with a lot of talent, they become living works of art.

That’s what some Briggs Lawrence County Public Library Children’s Summer Reading Club participants are learning this week.

The library is ending its program with special performances by the Jeslyn Dance Company. Monday, the Huntington, W.Va.,-based performing arts group showcased its talent at the Symmes Valley branch of the library and the main branch in Ironton. The group performed a dance interpretation of the Maurice Sendak classic “Where the Wild Things Are.”

“We always like to have a grand finale to our program and the Jeslyn Dance Studio always does a wonderful job and the kids love them,” reading program coordinator Jan Gullett explained.

Terri Smith of Ironton brought her daughters, Kennedi, 5, and Olivia Greene, 7, to see the performance.

“We were here last year,” Green said of the reading program. “They love it.” At the end of the Jeslyn performance, Kennedi said she liked the part where the dancers, dressed in vivid blue suits, acted out the part of ocean waves.

“I liked the moves,” Kennedi Greene said. Her sister liked the end of the show.

“It was good,” Olivia Greene said.

Fiona Crouch, of Arlington,Va., spent part of her summer visiting grandparents in Ironton and took part in the reading program.

“I liked the part where they were holding stakes and balancing on their toes,” Fiona said. She attended the performance with her mom, Laura, and brother, Jack.

At the end of the performance, all the children were invited to join the dancers for some moves of their own.

Performances are also scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the Chesapeake library branch, 2 p.m. Wednesday at the South Point library branch and 2 p.m. Thursday at the Proctorville library branch.