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Books come alive

Dance performers entertain children at South Point library

SOUTH POINT — Children learned the cha-cha, the waltz and other dances, as part of the wrap up of the summer reading program at the South Point branch of the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library on Wednesday.

Summer Logan, Robin Riner and Josiah Knight, of the Jeslyn Performing Arts Center were on hand to give the children a presentation, interpreting books through dance.

The group has been coming to the library for several years for the finale of the program, Jan Gullett, an assistant at the library who manages children’s programs, said.

Logan said each year’s performance is geared toward the library’s events for the summer.

“We’ve been doing since 2010,” she said. “We do it different every year, based on the program’s theme. This year’s was ‘Ready, Set, Go!’”

Logan and Riner engaged in interpretive dance and made use of props, while Knight read passages from two books selected by the library, “Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop!” by Todd Tuell and “Curious George Rides a Bike” by H.A. Rey.

A third selection, “Giraffes can’t Dance,” by Giles Andreae, was chosen by the dancers.

Following the performance, Logan invited the children up to take part, where they were taught how to do the dances they had seen.

The South Point presentation was one of a series set for various library branches this week. The dancers will offer one final performance, at the Chesapeake branch of the library, today at 2 p.m.