The 2011 Summer Reading Program has drawn to a close and so I am taking this opportunity to give readers an overview of the events and fun we had this summer at the library. 254 K-5, 90 preschoolers and 17 tweens and teens joined the program this year. We held 38 events over the eight-week program with a total attendance of 1,830. The K-5 graders kept track of the minutes they read with their Reading Record and earned attendance to the pool party for reading at least 90 minutes a week. The total number of minutes reported was 156,028 or about 2,600 hours.
We had many special guests to our programs: storyteller Rita Thelan, naturalist Mark Mohr, professor and native of China Hui Shen and the preschooler’s favorite, Llama Llama. Families were entertained by comedian and magician Jason Abbott. My favorite part of his show was his escape from a strait jacket (after said strait jacket was strapped on by Mrs. Jester – she was a good sport).
I’d like to recognize and thank the library staff for doing lots of behind the scenes work from setting up tables and chairs, to decorating, to working the busy counter, to planning and making crafts. Cathy Hellman is an invaluable helper, often taking an idea and working out the ‘how to.’ Lots of small pieces go into making our program run smoothly and be fun.
Our volunteers were priceless: Sally Kiggins, Sharon Closson, Sue Wildermuth, Victoria Recker, Jessica Recker, Kathleen Wreede, Teresa Pohlman, Allison Gerberick, Madison Spring, Claire Sensabaugh, Tyler Shaeffer, and Caleb Lucas. I appreciate the way they do the unglamorous jobs with a smile and a large dose of patience.
And finally, thank you to the parents for letting us borrow your kids a little each week. I appreciate how they are always well behaved, how well they listen, and their enthusiasm. They are a testament to the families’ commitment in our community.
Delphos Public Library