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Wheeler County Library Announces Summer Program for Kids

Wheeler County Library  Announces Summer  Program for Kids
Barry Stewart Mann
Wheeler County Library  Announces Summer  Program for Kids
Barry Stewart Mann

“Adventure Begins at Your Library” is the theme for this summer at the Wheeler County Library and all libraries nationwide that participate in the Collaborative Summer Library Program.

Children will explore the world and many types of adventure through stories, songs, games and other activities. The 2024 Summer Reading Program, which features a reading club and special events, is open to all young people. Special events continue each week on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. through June 25, as presenters explore this year's theme of adventure for approximately one hour.

On June 11, Barry Stewart Mann of Atlanta will be featured. The professional, Atlanta-based storyteller, educator, actor and writer has been delighting audiences and inspiring students for more than three decades. Mann is a native of New Jersey and grew up in South Florida. He holds a BA in English from Harvard University, and an MFA in Theatre from the University of San Diego.

Mann has performed at theatres across the country and has told stories in schools, libraries, camps, museums, and festivals both in the U.S. and internationally. He is an avid traveler, having visited 45 of the 50 states and more than 50 nations on four continents. He speaks several languages, has a keen interest in history and world cultures, and brings a citizen of the world sensibility to his life and work.

On June 18, professional clown Reuben Haller will entertain. Originally from San Francisco, Haller has lived in Atlanta for almost three decades. He has clowned at special events for Cirque du Soleil, and worked as a “clown doctor” at children’s hospitals as a member of The Big Apple Circus of New York.

Haller has continued his role as a clown doctor. He is currently affiliated with Humorology Atlanta, stylized as HA, which offers “essential clowning” services for patients, their families and staff in hospital settings. He now serves as the Site Supervisor for HA at Egleston Children's Hospital, a CHOA facility in Atlanta.

Among Haller’s many roles is “Fiddlin’ Dan the Mountain Man” in which he pays homage to Appalachian culture through stories and original songs. He plays the violin, mandolin, and percussion, incorporating his music into his performances.

The summer program for kids continues on June 25 with the “WOW O'Clock” program, which will take amazing science and present it in a comedic, whimsical way.

For more information, call Wheeler County Library at 912-568-7321, or visit online to see a full schedule of activities. The library is located at 61 Main Street, Alamo.

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