The grand finale of the Boyce Ditto Public Library summer reading program, “Get a Clue at the Library,” seemed to demonstrate the adage, “It takes a whole village to raise a child.”

On Friday morning, an estimated 117 children and 65 parents gathered at Lamar Elementary to help bring the reading program to a close. The crowd was treated to a performance by Miki the Monkey and his handler, Pam Cox.

Donations for the event came from businesses and organizations throughout the community to encourage reading and library involvement. The Rotary Club of Mineral Wells contributed books and two bicycles, given to them by Col. Willie Casper. Walmart donated another eight bikes, while Ace Hardware donated a red radio flyer wagon.

Crystal Randol, of Cake Creations, made cakes that resembled stacked books topped with a scene. Awards and More contributed 24 medals for top readers and First State Bank donated a $50 money order for the child who read the most books between the end of May, when readers registered, and last week.

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