Prendergast Library will wrap up its Summer Reading Challenge at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in the Fireplace Room with a performance by entertainers Charlie and Checkers and a drawing for prizes.
The event is free and open to the public.
The deadline for Summer Reading challenge entries is 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. Grand prizes to be awarded are two bicycles for children, provided through the generosity of Jamestown Cycle Shop, and a Kindle Fire HD for both teens and adults.
Charlie and Checkers will entertain guests of all ages during a free program for the community at Prendergast Library Saturday, Sept. 7.
According to the guest artists, they perform a highly interactive magic variety show full of comedy and audience participation.
"Our show includes a live rabbit named Trixie, a large unicycle, a giant balloon and juggling," they said.
The entertainers are brothers. Danny, the cowboy in the show, is a junior at the University at Buffalo, where he is studying medicine. He is also a volunteer firefighter and certified EMT. Joey, the clown, is a high school junior. When they were very young, they joined their father in magic performances and later developed their juggling and unicycle skills.
"We created the characters Charlie and Checkers to provide unique entertainment for people of all ages to enjoy. We believe every child should have the chance to experience one of our shows. We know it will inspire them and spark their creativity," they said.
More information and pictures of the entertainers are available on their website at charlieandcheckers.com.
"A lively program that is exciting and fun for everyone attending will be the perfect way to acknowledge the tremendous success of our summer reading program this year," said Tamara McIntyre, family literacy librarian.
Two weeks before the end of the Summer Reading Challenge, she said 775 children had already registered and recorded 2,732 hours of reading. Participants also included 60 teens, who reported reading 646 books, and 72 adults, who had logged 413 books.