Governor ushers in program

ELKINS – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cut the ribbon on the first day of the Summer Reading Program at the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library Wednesday.

Tomblin also got the first look at a children’s corner officials have created in the basement of the library, a space used by kids for the first time Wednesday.

Tomblin asked Elijah and Luke Balheim, participants in the summer reading program, to help him hold the ribbon for the ceremony. He clipped a length of the ribbon after the ceremony and gave to the Balheim boys as a souvenir.

Tomblin said he was pleased to be part of the opening of the new space.

“We were able to see a new kid’s room at the public library,” Tomblin said. “I thought it was very attractive and people are very excited about it. It was great to meet two really cute young men there.”

Prior to Wednesday, library volunteers put down carpeting, painted the area and added new toys and books for the space. Rebecca Ashburn, library volunteer, said the group was excited to open the new space.

“This is the first day of the summer reading program and the little ones are having a great time,” Ashburn said. “The children’s corner will be used by our children’s librarian to conduct programs.”

Preschool reading hour at the Elkins Randolph County Public Library is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through the summer. Additional information is available by calling 304-637-0287.