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      79-year-old 'Reading Rooster' offers vibrant video book ideas

      'Reading Rooster'is becoming popular for her YouTube video book recommendations for children

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A 79-year-old librarian in Columbia is becoming well known as the Reading Rooster for her YouTube video book recommendations for children, teachers and other librarians.

      Helen Fellers has spent more than 50 years getting books into kids' hands as a storyteller, bookmobile driver and branch librarian. She is the coordinator of the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy and works to keep teachers up to date on the best in children's literature.

      The South Carolina State Library puts her twice-monthly, three-minute videos on their YouTube channel.

      Fellers started putting her Reading Rooster recommendations on bookmarks decades ago.

      Literacy specialists say Fellers' work helps teachers get children interested in books in a state where reading rates among children in poverty remain a challenge.