The Harvey Rabbit and Friends Show helped kick-off this year's summer reading program for the Morehouse Parish Library Friday.

Tim and Laura Allured, the show's creators, are former music teachers from Calcasieu Parish who have become entertaining educators for children with their Harvey Rabbit and Friends act, which features ventriloquism, puppetry, music, magic, comedy, dancing, acting and audience participation. Their summer program focuses on topics relating to participation in the summer reading program, love of books and the rules of the library.

Friday's show featured pop culture references, ventriloquist dolls and music. The three main characters in the show were Harvey the rabbit, Cecil the chimpanzee and T-Boy the alligator. Other interesting characters like the General made guest appearances in the show.

“It 's wonderful, very educational and very entertaining,” audience member Kathy Green said. “The kids are loving it. They're even participating.”

The Allureds also took volunteers from the audience to help with different acts on stage and door prizes were given out.

For a full list of the library's activities for the library's summer reading program, visit or pick up a copy of the calendar from the Morehouse Parish Library. Also, kids can still signup for the program and pickup a packet with a reading log at the Morehouse Parish Library.

The Summer Reading Program is part of the Collaborative Summer Library Programs, a national cooperative to encourage reading throughout the summer. For more information on the Summer Reading Program and other State Library programs, visit