"Kelly" and "Grandpa," two Ringling Brothers clowns, will raise the noise level at the Sulphur Springs Public Library next Monday. "Reading with Ringling Brothers" is a summer reading program created by the world-famous circus to encourage kids to read, discover, dream and learn.

Laughing out loud at the library: This time, it's OK

Ringling Brothers clowns coming to SS Library Monday to help get kids interested in reading

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

June 11, 2008 - Laughing out loud is usually discouraged in hushed halls of a public library. But come Monday, June 16, belly laughs and guffaws will be the order of the day.

"Kelly" and "Grandpa," two Ringling Brothers clowns will be in town doing their best to raise the noise level in the Story Time area of the Sulphur Springs Public Library. And Library Director Cheryl Lawson is OK with that.

"We are looking forward to hearing some laughter in the library," Lawson said. "The library and Ringling Brothers have joined forces to give our summer readers an opportunity to sit up under the big top and enjoy the circus for free."

"Reading with Ringling Brothers" is a summer reading program created by the world-famous circus to encourage kids to read, discover, dream and learn.

"The best part of 'Reading with Ringling' is that kids can earn a free circus ticket by simply reading a list of books," Lawson said.

To get the tickets, children from ages 2-12 need to pick up their reading logs on June 10, June 17 or June 24, but the completed logs must be turned in no later than June 30 to be eligible to participate in the program.

"We'll give them all they need to start their summer reading fun," Lawson said.

In addition to a free ticket to the circus, summer readers will receive "cool bookmarks, clown noses and coloring sheets," Lawson said.

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus will be performing in Dallas at the American Airlines Center July 30 through August 10.

The clowns will be acting up at the library, 611 North Davis Str., beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Monday. For more information on the clowns' appearance and summer reading programs, call the library at 903-439-3070.

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