The Children’s Summer Reading Program ran from June 22 through July 30. The theme was “Dig Into Reading.” Programming was open to all area children, regardless of residency or library membership. A total of 67 children registered for weekly story times. Of these 67 children, 38 were preschoolers and 29 were elementary age.
Story time for the youngest participants, ages 3 and under, involved singing, stories, puppets, and coloring. Kids ages 3 to 6 added to this routine with more crafts, including spaghetti art and dinosaur eggs. Kids ages 6 to 8 made crafts as well, including potato art. Kids ages 9 to 12 also made crafts, including butterfly sun catchers and goo, and added to the fun with games like Uno, Monopoly, Pit, Pictureka, and the Wii.
The Children’s Garden was a wonderful part of this year’s program. The garden was planted with the aid of Venango County Master Gardeners Eleanor Brown and Yvonne Paranick, as well as library volunteer Mike Young. All children also potted flowers to take home with the help of Venango County Master Gardeners Linda Mertz, Eleanor Brown, and Yvonne Paranick. Supplies for the Children’s Garden and the potted plants were donated by Fezell’s Shop N’ Save and Parker’s Furniture. All flowers and vegetables were generously donated by the Wyattville Garden Center. We grew tomatoes, cabbage, peas, green beans, radishes, lettuce, peppers, Brussel’s sprouts, and 50 individual flowers! The garden remains on the Liberty Street side of the library for public exploration.
As part of the Children’s Summer Reading Program, families were invited to participate in Monday Movie Madness every Monday evening at the library. We had 20 individuals participate in these family friendly movie nights.
The Children’s Summer Reading Program culminated in a Garden Party on July 27 for participating families, where games, crafts, and garden and dinosaur themed snacks were enjoyed.
The Teen Summer Reading Program ran from June 22 through August 11. The theme was “Beneath the Surface.” Any teens between the ages of 12 and 18 was invited to register, regardless of residency or library membership. A total of 17 teens registered for the program. Participants were invited to join two contests: a reading contest and a poetry contest.
The Beneath the Surface Teen Reading Contest required teens to read 500 pages of anything they wanted between June 22 and August 11. Prizes were awarded to teens who correctly and accurately completed a reading log, showing what they read to reach 500 pages. A total of 2,000 pages were read by 4 teens who turned in their reading logs.
The Beneath the Surface Teen Poetry Contest was co-sponsored by the library, Neverending Stories, and Seneca Printing Express. Teens were invited to write any kind of poem on any topic, and entries were judged by local writers Phil Terman, Scott McCray and Jeremy Johnson. Winners were invited to read their poems at The Bridge Literary Arts Center’s Open Mic Night on August 9 at Bossa Nova Cafe Roastery, and 3 winners chose to read. The winning poems were published in a booklet that is available for viewing at Neverending Stories, 1252 Liberty Street in Franklin, as well as at the library. You can view the names of the winners by clicking here.
The Adult Summer Reading Program ran from June 17 through August 17. The theme was “Groundbreaking Reads.” Anyone age 18 and older was invited to participate in the self-paced program. Participants read or listened to any book they wanted, fiction or non-fiction, and then submitted a brief review. There were weekly door prize drawings drawn from the reviews submitted.
A total of 15 adults registered for the program, and 94 reviews were submitted.
Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2013 Summer Reading Programs a success! We look forward to working with everyone again next summer.