As the Copperas Cove Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program drew to a close, library staff and more than 140 program participants took some time away from reading to treat themselves to pizza.

In addition to serving pizza to those who participated in the reading program, staff members from MAC Pizza Management, Ryan Kerola, general manager, and Christopher Herd, district manager, gave a demonstration on how to make pizza.

Many of the participants, including Aubrielle Parker, 2, who was joined by her brother, Randy Parker, 6, got some hands-on pizza education when Herd and Kerola gave the participants pizza dough of their own to try out their skills as pizza makers.

“I think this is amazing that the library has events like this for the children. I definitely will be attending these types of events all summer for them next year,” said Kathrin Parker, the children’s mother.

Domino’s Pizza donated about 15 pizzas for the children, parents and library staffers to enjoy.

“This was a huge turnout for the pizza party. You can actually feel the enthusiasm in the room,” said Kevin Marsh, library director.

Marsh also said this year’s Summer Reading Program had the most participants than any other year of the program.

“This has been the most incredible year for the library during the Summer Reading Program,” he said. “I can’t imagine how the turnout of reader participation, or even event participation turnout, but our staff and I are ready.”

The Summer Reading Program is held every year at the library from June through July. For more information on the Cove City Library or for program information, call 254-547-3826.

Monique Brand - Herald correspondent​

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