The Stuart Public Library ended its seven-week summer reading program on Saturday.
Library clerk Mary McColloch says their theme was “Reading Beyond the Box,” which incorporated camping and outdoor activities. She says there were 149 children who enrolled in the program with an average of 60 children participating in each program.with their greatest participation for the Little Miss Chili Pepper with more than 168 people present.
“All of us who work here at the library. We like to see the participation that we have, whatever the program. They check out books, they read, we just couldn’t be happier.
Children filled in reading diaries to win prizes and children aged eight and over read 36,750 minutes and children aged seven and under read 1,057 books. McColloch hopes the children will continue to read throughout the year.
“Reading is a reward and I hope they will see the difference when they go back to school this year and the teachers see there was a difference between those who participated.”
Programs included Guthrie County Extension and Guthrie County Conservation, as well as balloon art and storytelling, story walks and a pool party.