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Kids learn rhymes while roaming Mercer Mall


A program that has been in the state for a decade has now made its way to Mercer County. Saturday at the Mercer Mall, there was a launch party for the Imagination Library.

What do mice, snowmen, and a goose have a common? They're all part of nursery rhymes. And... they're all part of the first annual Roll & Read. The Imagination Library is a free program that mails books to children from birth until they start school. Saturday's Roll & Read event was designed to make parents aware of the program. Different organizations had displays set up throughout the mall. At each stop, kids could make crafts. They also received free books while learning Mother Goose nursery rhymes, like Three Blind Mice. Liz McKinney-Brooks from REACHH Parents as Teachers says, "That was kind of the point of this. Each table picked a nursery rhyme, to kind of do an activity around." 
Some of the organizations represented were 4-H, WVU Extension, and CASE West Virginia. Erin Dalton from CASE says, "Telling, you know, people and kids about our services; and what we could do to benefit them, throughout their journey, and throughout their life."
While the books encourage literacy, the walking at this Roll & Read emphasized physical activity. But all that the kids know is... they had fun! When asked what her favorite part of the event is, a girl named Addison replies, "Making little melted snowmans... and we get books!"

Mercer is now the 41st county in West Virginia to be part of the Imagination Library.

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