Tri-Town Library Directors Think About Summer Reading | News, sports, jobs
The Tri-Town Libraries teamed up for summer reading, and all three libraries had very successful programs. The topic of summer reading was: “all together now!” Members of all Tri-Town communities are invited to attend any event at any Tri-Town Library.
Summer reading began on June 5 and ended on August 12 when it was time for reading logs. But before the Reading records were handed out, there was one last chance with an end-of-summer ice skating party at Trout Pond Park on August 5.
The Hughesville Area Public Library kicked off summer reading with an outdoor concert by the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. Library Director Penny Johnson said, “The library continues to buzz with excitement about the program. The community was very happy to have such a high-profile cultural event in their community. It brought something to the community that many had not had the opportunity to experience before.” She also commented that the event attracted an estimated 350 people, and they distributed 95 books to the children who attended.
The Muncie Public Library blends learning and fun with a variety of programs. There were science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities that allowed patrons to create nature-themed crafts such as birdhouses and insect shelters. They conducted an outdoor fossil hunting activity and learned about local plants and trees. They also had a Let’s Be Silly Together party. “Our staff created an afternoon of goofy fun. There were tongue twisters, a dress-up corner, a photo booth, jokes, silly races, crafts and a silly ice cream social sponsored by Downtown Muncy Inc.” Brenesin said.
Amber Adams, director of the Montgomery Area Public Library, commented on their activities by saying: “The Montgomery Fire Truck Event was our most popular event ever. It was fun to see families from Muncie, Montgomery and Hughesville come together to play outside and learn a little about our library on their first visit. As always, our basement was a hit. I also enjoyed Visited Nature CAMP. I read them stories and we made a craft centered around plants and animals. The kids also enjoyed painting rocks to become part of a giant community rock snake on the Montgomery side. They want to see how long they can make it happen!
While summer learning programs traditionally reward those who read the most books, Tri-Town Libraries decided to try a different approach that allows children to bring their reading logs to the library each week and receive a prize. Book-themed bingo cards were available to older readers in Muncie and Montgomery, and participants received prizes. In Hughesville, teens were allowed to participate in the children’s program but chose teen awards. The Hughesville Library has also formed a Dungeons and Dragons group for teens that they plan to continue through the school year.
The summer reading program was satisfactory to the directors. When asked what the most satisfying part of the program was, Brennesen commented: “Seeing the kids excited about learning, and seeing all the people coming to the library to beat the summer heat and relax.”
Johnson said, “The most rewarding aspect of the summer reading program is seeing so many books left in the hands of kids and adults alike.”
“It’s rewarding to see a child’s eyes light up and hear their excitement about coming to the library. We love to know that we are creating an environment for a lifelong love of learning. We make a difference in the world with kindness and giving, and that spreads. From person to person, we like to pass it on.” Adams said.
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