Mr. Kippy comes to town
Mr. Kippy, aka Clifford Charles Edge III, works for San Patricio County where he visits all the libraries in his county each week, telling stories, reading with the children and spurring an interest in learning.
Cadence Wills read 115 books and 4,055 pages and Journey Morris read 83 books and 15,420 to become the overall top readers during the summer reading program at the county library. Devon Energy Corporation donated Nook E-Readers and two bicycles for the top readers.
Raven Morris won a bicycle for being the top reader in the afternoon summer reading program at the county library. Krischelle Rodriguez, not pictured was the second-best reader. Stanley Tuttle donated the two bikes.
The two top readers in first through third grades won mountain bicycles for their efforts. The winners were Alexis Davis who read 75 books totaling 19,414 pages and Rhianna Fergeson who read 55 books totaling 572 pages. Devon Energy Corporation donated the two bicycles. The girls are shown with library director Tina McGuill and volunteer Phyllis Hayes.
Youth volunteers who helped with the summer reading program at the county library are Felicia Wills, Buster Dodge, Anthony McGuill, Ivy Byerly and Ryan Whitehead. Volunteers not pictured are Clara Aguirre, Morgan Klaevemann and Courtney Myers.
Youngsters who logged a perfect attendence for the reading program are, from left, Zavien Wills, Dareon Wills, Thomas Andrade, Treshell Andrade, Liliana Cisneros and Blake Koonce. Not pictured are Andrew Gilchrist, Lia Ramirez and Bryce Santa. Dairy Queen provided gift cards as their reward.
Sleuths don’t usually top their red overalls with a trench coat and Sherlock Holmes-style cap but Mr. Kippy does.
The 89 kids who participated in the summer reading program at the Dennis O’Connor Public Library couldn’t be more enchanted with the private eye who kept them engaged, laughing and reading.
“Mr. Kibbles! Mr. Kibbles!” the children cried out.
“Who said that!? It’s not Mr. Kibbles! It’s Mr. Kippy,” exclaimed the sleuth.
Mr. Kippy, aka Clifford Charles Edge III, saw 37,037 kids last year and averages seeing approximately 1,000 kids per week. He has been a San Patricio County employee for 21 years, crisscrossing towns to visit each library.
Laughing, he says, “I keep thinking someone in the county is going to say, ‘we pay you to do this?’”
With three grown daughters, 25, 22, and 19, and degrees in music, theater and art, Mr. Kippy says he’s found his niche... “I’ve always liked kids,” he said... and the children couldn’t be more delighted.