Reader of the Week: Mary Gail Layfield

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Mary Gail Layfield, age 7, of Vincent and who will enter the second grade at Vincent Elementary in the fall, is Shelby County Reporter Reader of the Week.

Marsha Reynolds, library director for the Harpersville Library, selected her for the honor because she has already read 33 books this summer.

Mary Gail is the daughter of Connie Robertson and Caleb Withrow. She is the granddaughter of Rod and Patricia Reynolds.

Mary Gail said she enjoys reading both at the library and at home and to her parents and grandparents. &8220;I like to read all kinds of books,&8221; she said.

She said her goal this summer, in addition to her regular variety of reading, is to finish Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling.

&8220;I like Harry Potter. I never get scared,&8221; said Mary Gail. She has read all the Harry Potter books.

She regularly checks out five to seven books a week like Zachary&8217;s Zoo by Mike and Amy Nappa.

She also said she likes to read books about animals and mysteries.

Mary Gail said she also reads Anne of Green Gables books by Lucy Maud Montgomery and Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

She said she likes to come to the library &8220;because its fun.&8221; And she said, Ms. Marsha (Reynolds) is sweet to the kids.&8221;

Mary Gail said last Tuesday was Banana Split Day because it was the last day of the summer reading program.

&8220;I&8217;m an animal lover, so I want to be a veterinarian to help animals,&8221; she said. And she said she plans to go to Auburn University