Our summer reading program drew to a close with a celebration of everyone's accomplishments. There was drink, cake, snacks and prizes. The free summer reading program, FIZZ BOOM READ, kicked off in June with over 200 registered participants excited to explore science, technology, engineering, math and art though hands-on programs and reading.
Our goal was to keep kids reading through the long homework-free drought that we call summer break. Studies show that children who do not read over the summer loose 3-4 months off their end of school year reading level.
Karen Anderson organized and ran the summer reading program with support from Mykenzie Eliason, Sheila Storlie and Heather Losleben-Zeller. In addition to summer reading, Heather ran a young adult book club that met once a week at the library. Also to be thanked is Janet Eidson, who while everyone one was exploding 2 liters of pop and playing games, focused on keeping up with the daily tasks here at the library.
With significant support from our local businesses and organizations, the kids were winners not only for keeping their minds active and their reading levels up, but with prizes. A list of our "Read Team" local businesses and organizations that made the summer reading program bigger and better than ever is available on our website and posted at the entry of the library. Without their support our program would not have been such a great success.
Our grand prize winner of a brand new bicycle was Sadie White. Age group winners were Emmerly Allen, Ava Runner, Molly Whitmer, James Seekins, Zora Holt, Taylor Laumeyer and Christine Seekins.
With over 500 hours of library staff time and generous donations, our 2014 reading program was a great success! If you missed this year, please don't miss the fun next year!
Thank you, and have a well-read day.