The Jacksonville Public Library recently celebrated the achievements of summer reading program participants, giving out prizes and serving ice cream.
Many activities related to the theme “Oceans of Possibilities” were carried out in conjunction with the reading program. These included creating and testing aluminum boats, making suncatchers, participating in a library scavenger hunt, painting sea rocks, and a game of Ocean Jeopardy.
A handful of students were asked to share their favorite memory of the summer reading program. Many responded that their favorite role was playing Ocean Jeopardy. Others responded by making boats and playing in the submarine, made from a refrigerator box.
The winners of the student reading program, in their respective categories, were:
• Jack Bolton, 18 months to first grade
• Atley Bolton, second to fifth year
• Adrian Hernandez and Bryan Marroqin tied for teens
Each winning student received a Kindle Fire tablet.
The winners of the adult program were Samantha Smith, first; Laura Overall, second; and Linda Guinn, third. Everyone received a gift basket with various items.
Door prizes, in the form of Splash Kingdom or Caldwell Zoo tickets, were given to adults on behalf of student readers, as adults had to agree to take children to designated attractions. Caldwell Zoo ticket winners included Amanda Buckley and Maria Ana Salazar. Janis Day, Melena Bolton, Deann Trotter, April George, Francisca Rojos, Victoria Cardenas and Samantha Smith received tickets to Splash Kingdom.
The celebration ended with library workers serving ice cream with many optional toppings.
Although the summer reading program has ended, there is still much to discover at the library. Story time takes place from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays for children 18 months to four years old. Kid’s Corner is open from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for children 6 to 12 years old. Teen time runs from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays. Book lovers unite! book club holds monthly lunchtime and evening meetings. There are also monthly family movie nights.
For more information about Jacksonville Public Library events and programs, visit the library’s Facebook page, call 903-586-7664, or email [email protected]