‘Spinny’ Johnson bounces into QA li­brary

Record Observer - - NEWS - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Li­brary Cen­tre­ville branch brought for­mer Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ter and chil­dren’s mo­ti­va­tional speaker, Spencer “Spinny” Johnson to visit on Wed­nes­day, June 28, as part of the sum­mer pro­gram.

The upbeat, dy­namic pro­gram fea­tured fun and amaz­ing bas­ket­ball skills with Johnson per­form­ing such unique tricks as bal­anc­ing a bas­ket­ball on a key held tightly be­tween his teeth, jug­gling three bas­ket­balls at a time and drink­ing from a cup all while spin­ning a ball.

He en­cour­aged the ele­men­tary and pre-school aged par­tic­i­pants to al­ways try their best.

“Life is about be­ing on bal­ance,” Johnson said, “you have to get rest, to play and do well in school.”

Youth Ser vices Li­brar­ian Jenny Gal­lagher even jumped in the ac­tion, try­ing one of Johnson’s tricks — drop­ping and catch­ing back two bas­ket­balls at once. His tricks were harder than they looked, but Johnson told his au­di­ence, when you don’t un­der­stand some­thing it’s okay to stop and ask again.

As a 5-foot-4-inch trick bas­ket­ball player, Johnson has used his size to help him with his work.

“My size is an ad­van­tage. I re­late well to the kids,” Johnson said. With a mes­sage of hope in his hoop tricks, he told the chil­dren, “What­ever you do in life, when you are try­ing your best that is suc­cess.”

And a re­minder from the li­brary, kids read free in July. Re­lax and en­joy no late fees on chil­dren’s or young adult ma­te­ri­als checked out now un­til July 31.

PHO­TOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

At the Cen­tre­ville branch of the Queen Anne’s li­brary, Spencer “Spinny” Johnson per­forms unique tricks with the mes­sage; “With the proper dis­ci­pline and hard work, you can ac­com­plish any­thing!”

Beck­ham Wil­liams from Church Hill, tells Johnson this is his ball now, after Johnson helps him master the art of spin­ning.

Johnson en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to get into his act, in­clud­ing Ben, who with a lit­tle help bal­ances a spin­ning ball on his fin­ger­tip while mom looks on.

Youth Ser­vices Li­brar­ian Jenny Gal­lagher tries one of Johnson’s tricks.

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