‘Spinny’ Johnson bounces into QA library
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.
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.