Books, crafts, and entertainment marked a successful summer in Duncan’s Public Library Books.
Amy Ryker, director of the library, said the Summer Reading Program (SRP) ended so quickly and that she was grateful to everyone involved.
âWe want to thank you all for making this summer so amazing and fun,â said Ryker. âYour library staff have worked hard to make this year’s SRP Tails and Tales the best it can be. “
According to Ryker, there were around 45 programs in June and July with an attendance of around 1,000 people, from community members attending baby and toddler hours to children’s craft activities.
âYour kids and teens have created fantastic art for our sidewalks and have come in droves for our tie dye workshops,â said Ryker. âThank you for coming to see our live music with the Sugar Free Allstars and our local cowboy poets and musicians.â
With nearly 400 take-out craft bags handed out, many signed up for reading challenges as well.
“About 455 people signed up for notebooks and reading challenges to receive prizes, including 29 babies, 285 children, 62 teens and 82 adults,” Ryker said.
According to Ryker, the library lunch program served almost 950 free lunches.
âWe had 3,850 unique borrowers (different people who checked items) this summer and we created 180 new library cards,â Ryker said. âWe checked almost 14,000 items for you and made 433 reservations. And these are just physical objects.
Even checkouts and online resources allowed the library to thrive during the summer.
âThank you for all of our onsite contests: finding Woof’s tails in the library helped teach kids where things were in the kids section,â Ryker said. “It was fun guessing how many things were in the jars and winning prizes.”
From in-person activities to online content, library staff continued to roll out new programs and activities.
âWe also want to thank everyone for interacting with our publications and programs online,â said Ryker. âIt takes a lot of work to produce online content, but we had some fun interactions with our Kids Choose Tuesdays, Silhouette Sundays, Trivia Tuesdays and Focus Fridays. “
Ryker said they enjoyed seeing pictures of parents with their kids doing crafts.
âParents sent in pictures of their kids doing our crafts for Where’s Your Art on Wednesdays, and people learned to draw with Skoodles with Lynn, origami with our Fold It! videos, coding with our Scratch lessons and science, crafts and fun with our Library Kids features, âsaid Ryker. “We also have a lot of love for showcasing our pets.”
Ryker said they were grateful to everyone who sponsored the SRP, including friends at Duncan Public Library, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Boomerang Diner, Pizza Hut, Oklahoma Zoo. City and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, “which is the primary source of federal support for the 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums across the country,” she said.
According to Ryker, community members can join Friends of the Library for $ 10 per year.
“(The) local library friends not only provide all the money for all the summer programs, but also help maintain a year-round book sale and meet our needs in so many other ways.” Ryker said. “We also want to thank our 20 teen volunteers.”
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