Library’s summer reading program a success

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School is back and the Carnegie Public Library has concluded another outstanding summer reading program.

We had a great summer with the kids and families exploring and enjoying the books. Over 400 children, teens and adults signed up for Summer Reading and we presented 58 programs to nearly 2,000 attendees. We were delighted to partner again with the Adena Health Foundation who provided great prizes for participants. There were four grand prize winners who won bikes and a Fitbit. Thank you Adena!

Fayette Travel & Tourism has sponsored five outstanding programs including the Gordon Russ Magic Show, Crystal Clear Science, What’s Shaking Music with Ryan Glass, Buckeye Game Truck and Mr. Bug-A-Boo. All five shows were popular with kids and families and greatly enhanced our summer entertainment. I am especially grateful to Fayette Travel & Tourism for funding entertainment for children who may not have had the opportunity to enjoy these programs.

The children’s department organized two STEM camps and two creative camps for different age groups. We collaborated with Brigitte Hisey with Fayette Soil and Water for the two day discovery camp held at Fayette Fish & Game. We featured two mermaid and pirate parties as well as exceptional storytimes by Miz Bonnie in Jeffersonville and Mr. Aaron and Miz Noel for Hello Friends at Washington Court House. We partnered with St. Catherine’s and enjoyed a bike parade at their facility on the 4th of July. St. Catherine’s provided the root beer floats and hot dogs and the residents enjoyed the fun as much as the kids.

The adult department featured the super popular Big Foot Talk with Dusty Ruth. Many adults entered the “Tiny Art” exhibit and we learned that there were quite a few talented artists in Fayette County. Thanks to Stacy Wilt of Patchwork Gardens for presenting a gardening program and who also graciously provided plants for our beautiful library garden and landscaping. Regan’s greenhouse on the farm also provided herbs, vegetables and flowers to enhance our garden.

We would like to thank the Fire Department, Fayette Airport, Vermeer, and Deer Creek Dam for providing interesting and informative tours for families to explore Fayette County. Emma White opened two of her historic homes: the Robinson-Pavey House on Highway 41 and the Dahl-Bereman House on Market Street for fascinating tours that everyone enjoyed.

Dairy Queen, Frisch’s, McDonald’s, Ranchers, Sonic, Street Side 62, Tim Horton’s and Wendy’s have all provided coupons to children who have completed their reading requirements to entice them to continue reading. Whenever we handed out batches of coupons to children, their eyes would light up and beg to go to all the restaurants mentioned above immediately. Destinations Outlet Mall donated a $25 gift card, plush footballs and fidget toys to hand out as prizes. Families won tickets to King’s Island, Young’s Dairy and the Columbus Art Museum. Finally, everyone who signed up to read received coupons for the Ohio State Fair, Ohio State Parks, and the Renaissance Festival.

We celebrated the end of summer reading with “Party at the Park” at Eyman. Attendees enjoyed crafts, stories, face painting, games, treats and a special balloon from Mr. Bug-A-Boo, Ohio’s top balloon artist. He delights children with special hats, crowns, bows and arrows and swords.

On behalf of the library, I express my gratitude to all of the businesses, businesses, individuals, and city and county agencies that have partnered with the library to enhance literacy and reading in our community. Thank you for your support, coupons and incentives, and your time to make this summer reading program another success. And thank you to all the parents and grandparents who took their children to explore the library and started them on the path to a life of reading.

Isaac, Ezra and Ben Matthews have fun during the Oceans of Possibilities summer reading program.

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