Summer Reading Program Ends But It Was 8 Weeks of Fun!
For many children, summer begins at the Fauquier Library when they see the famous Summer Reading Program prize wheel at each of the library’s branches. For more than ten years, children through the 5th grade have logged the books they’ve read and spun the wheel for small prizes. It is a happy incentive that brings a lot of joy and excitement to hundreds of children each year. For children in 6th grade and up, there are other opportunities to win prizes by submitting book reviews and attending special programs. This year our library can proudly boast that we had 1,545 readers who read 23,114 books!
Throughout the eight weeks of the Summer Reading program there were weekly programs such as Book Buzz (1st – 3rd grade) and Tween Scene (4th – 6th grade), both offering crafts, art projects and games. Weekly movies offered a cool afternoon for the family to enjoy some Super Hero favorites along with a bag of popcorn. There were many opportunities for fun inside and outside the library’s doors.
Along with our regular events there were some memorable special programs for the entire family. Always a favorite, the summer kicked off with the Wildlife Ambassadors where we met some unusual animals and their terrific human helpers. Kids also had a chance to perform as heroes with the Rainbow Company, in their production of “The Sword in the Stone.” Jan Gillies and Mary Shapiro entertained with their “I’m a Hero Too!” concert where the kids learned new songs about being brave and even superheroes. A Superhero Training school provided even more experience with training as a real hero.
For the teens there were weekly specials that entertained, educated and provided fun times to gather with friends. Popular programs included a robotics demonstration conducted by local teen robotics champions, self defense instruction, and a babysitting workshop. All of these programs were geared to thinking about “being your own hero.” There were times to be creative too. A teen origami expert, Ben Grant, presented a popular program on the beautiful art of paper folding. “Unmask your Natural Awesomeness” gave teens the opportunity to use natural ingredients to make skin cleansers, toners and body scrubs. Feel good about yourself!
What a great summer! The eight weeks passed quickly, but we hope that the kids and their families take away many happy memories of their summer at the library. It was fun for us too!
For those of us who presented and helped with programs, including our great teen volunteers, we extend our thanks for spending time with us at the library. As the school year begins, remember that “Every Hero Has a Story!” We look forward to many events for youth in the months to come, but hopefully our kids will be looking forward to another summer with the happy sound of the spinning prize wheel, adventures, new friends and fun at the library.
Deborah Cosby, Branch Manager, John Marshall branch library