Promoting reading in the county, members of the Harlan County Extension Homemaker’s Book Club hosted a “Mad Hatter Tea” at the depot on Wednesday. Members wore their own design of a “Mad Hatter” hat and were treated to a “Mad Hatter” meal, which included items such as mock turtle soup, tarts and a variety of teas. Winner of the best hat was Tina Chugg, of Coldiron.
After discussing the book, “Alice in Wonderland,” book club president Thelma Haley said, “The Book Club hosts a grown-up and children’s book giveaway each year to encourage everyone to read. Any way we can promote reading we try to do it through events such as this throughout the year.”
Haley, a retired teacher said, a lot of folks have gotten away from reading in the last few years with television and video games especially among young children.
“We want people to read, because the more you read, the more you learn. The more you learn, the better you are at doing things and the more you learn the better your chances are of accomplishing your dreams — whatever they may be,” Haley said. “Reading is knowledge and knowledge is never a bad thing. When children master the ability to read, and read well, it will enhance their entire life. Also, if you have a well-read population, this will certainly enhance your community.”
Haley said a lot of people can’t afford to purchase books, or maybe more than one book, and that is why they host their annual book giveaway each year.
“We try to collect as many books as we can throughout the year. During our event, we try to let folks have as many books as we possibly can,” said Haley. “This year’s grown-up book giveaway is set for April 14 at the Harlan County Extension Depot beginning at 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. All books are free of charge.”
For more information or to donate books, you may call Theresa Howard at 606-573-4464 or Haley at 573-5935. If you have a large amount of books to donate, arrangement can be made to pick them up or you may drop the books off at the Harlan County Extension Office in Harlan.
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