The summer has come to a close, and so has this year's summer reading program.
"This year's program was one of the most successful programs the libraries have had," said district director Annette Choszczyk.
The numbers support that claim, with reading coming out as the "hot" activity this summer — 515 children read 3,558 hours, 157 teens read 1,457 books and 270 adults read 1,674 books. Program attendance was equally impressive with 3,829 people of all age groups attending programs at the libraries. All readers and attendees became eligible to win prizes for their participation.
This was all supported by community involvement, with over 65 sponsors donating over $6,000 to the cause. "To have the community behind such an important program is critical," says Choszczyk. "Without community collaboration, we would not have been able to generate this much excitement."
"To motivate people to read and gain positive attitudes toward reading, and learning in general, is critical. We encourage children, teens and adults to experience their local library and find out that it is a good place to be and have fun. Whether they know it or not ... they learn and grow. We want our children and teens to be active and engaged during the summer and our summer programming is a good thing for the whole community. Participation keeps them thinking and makes an impact on their overall education," said regional manager Lea Hart.
The reward for the library staff is to see participants enjoy themselves in the libraries throughout the summer. It is an added bonus to find more avid readers in all age groups. "Staff members put a lot of effort into the programs to make them fresh and exciting," says Hart. "The community really got behind us this year and made this a special summer for everyone involved." Each participant was given entry forms for attending and participating in the summer reading programs. The entry forms were then pulled at random to award the prizes. The more the participants got involved, the better chance they had at winning. The prizes included everything from resort stays and horseback riding to bikes and remote control cars. One of the winners, a boy by the name of Hunter, won a radio-controlled car. He was ecstatic, and so was his mother. "He has been dreaming of that particular prize all summer long, and for a districtwide drawing, it's quite amazing that he won it," said his mother. One of the grand prize winners from Delta, Deacon Sheen, won a hiking and camping excursion. His whole family participated this summer, but he came up the lucky winner. He could barely hold still with his excitement. Kayla, the winner of horseback rides, exclaimed, "How did the library know how much I like horses?" when she received her prize. She was bubbling with joy.
"This is what it is all about," said regional manager Kit Stephenson. "These winners will always remember this summer, and how libraries and reading are fun."blog comments powered by Disqus