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Jackson Co. libraries bring summer reading program to children

The children also received a gift that they can hold on to for a lifetime. The gift of storytelling.  (Photo source: WLOX) The children also received a gift that they can hold on to for a lifetime. The gift of storytelling. (Photo source: WLOX)
Because storytelling connects so many generations, Carlisle hopes this experience will resonate with the children so they're inspired to one day tell their own stories. (Photo source: WLOX) Because storytelling connects so many generations, Carlisle hopes this experience will resonate with the children so they're inspired to one day tell their own stories. (Photo source: WLOX)
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

Summertime is usually full of outdoor activities, camps and vacations at the beach, but Jackson County libraries continue to bring something new to young students, and it's full of learning and development.

Thursday's theme in the Ina Thompson Moss Point Library was “Every Hero Has a Story." 

Story after story, dozens of Jackson County children received a history lesson that highlighted old American legends like Paul Bunyan, Sal Fink and Phoebe Ann Moses, also known as Annie Oakley. 

The children also received a gift that they can hold on to for a lifetime. The gift of storytelling. 

"Story telling itself, the oral tradition. I mean, that's an important part of what we do at the library, and that's an important part of a lot of cultures throughout America. It's continuing on stories and continuing tales, whether they're family tales or something a little more well-known," the library's Youth Services Coordinator, Bethany Carlisle, said. 

Because storytelling connects so many generations, Carlisle hopes this experience will resonate with the children so they're inspired to one day tell their own stories.

"It's so exciting to see their interest," she said. "And see the expressions on their faces and see how much they're able to suspend belief. They know we're not really those characters, but you can see that they believe in that moment that we're those theater characters, and that's fun."

Next Thursday, every library system will host a local heroes program where children can meet their local law enforcement officers and firefighters.

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