Librarian successfully promotes summer reading, gets slimed


EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — Some kids in East Greenwich earned a special reward for completing a summer reading program sponsored by their local library.

The incentive? Slime.

It was an exciting Saturday morning for kids at the East Greenwich library.

They watched librarian Jessica George, or Miss Jess as she’s known by the kids, get doused with five gallons of galactic green slime.

“It was really funny and fun,” Finley Pollard said.

“It was really fun,” Kelsey Tella-Torilli said.

“Well, when they poured the bucket on her and it came out, it almost looked like a water fountain, almost,” Julianna Pollard said.

“I’m feeling very slimey,” Jessica George said.

George has been leading the summer reading program at the library for three years, getting more and more kids to participate each summer.

“Last year we set it for 250, got 224 so we didn’t make it, so I’m like we’re going to do it this so I went around to all the schools really tried to talk people about it get them motivated,” George said.

This year, 251 kids between the ages of four and twelve reached their goal of reading five or more books this summer.

That’s where the slime comes into play.

“Kids just like slime a lot,  anything gross like that and especially when they get to see an adult kind of, yeah, do those things I think they really enjoy it,” George said.

The kids also said they enjoyed the books they read to reach their slime goal.  George says any child who hasn’t found their passion for reading just yet should talk to a teacher or a librarian.

“I guarantee we can find something that you’re going to enjoy and to make reading fun, and not a burden on you, it’s fun, obviously, it leads to sliming,” George said.

Now, George is brainstorming what will top the slime next summer.

“If anybody has any ideas they can contact me at the library and let me know what they’d want to see me do next year,” George said.

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