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SYSK: Lola Clark entertains and helps kids get excited about reading

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CLARKSVILLE (KWWL) -

 Lola Clark is someone you should know after starting a children's reading program to presenting at events with her puppet.

Lola Clark, or Granny Lola, always travels with her special puppet, Willie. Clark bought Willie at a craft shop in Clarksville nearly 40 years ago.

Together, they put on presentations. We visited her during one at North Star Waverly Center.

"She always has so much fun. She's just a very nice lady," said Loreli Dilly with North Star.

Clark loves to tell stories and make people smile.

"It's just the satisfaction of knowing I've been able to share something to make them smile," Lola Clark said.

"It's very important because of the smiles on their faces. She involves them with what she's doing," Dilly said.

Clark spends more of her time doing these presentations since she retired. She was the librarian in Clarksville for nearly 50 years, and she was instrumental in getting the current library built.

The mother and grandmother also started a children's reading program at the library, which is now run by her grandson's wife, Kristen Clark.

"I could see there was a need for story time for the children to encourage them to use the library, and so I developed one," she said.

Lola Clark still volunteers with the reading program.

"Because if they can't read they can't go out and do much of anything else," said Lola Clark.

Through the years, she's shared her love of stories with three generations of children.

"It's really rewarding for people to say I remember Willie and all you did at the library," Clark said.

After more than 40 years, she and Willie are still making people smile.

Clark visits an area nursing home once a week and is active in her church. She also helped with fundraising efforts to get a new addition to the library. Construction on the new addition should start at the beginning of March.

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