Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Summer reading for kids, teens and adults: A look back

Here at the library, summer just wouldn't be summer without the musical sounds of children’s laughter, the clackity-clack of the prize wheel and the steady stream of children and adults coming and going to special summer reading programs and events.

Although our summer reading program officially ended earlier this month, we wanted to share with you the impressive milestones library patrons of all ages reached.

1,723 children and teens registered for either the children’s program – Dig into Reading, or the teen program  Beneath the Surface.  Collectively, they read an amazing 28,903 books.  That comes to 16.77 books per registrant!  

K-9 program at Bealeton library 
The summer reading program was more than just books. It included over 170 programs, attended by 3,945 families, children and teens.  All programs were open to the public and are offered free of charge, thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Library. In addition, local businesses provided generous support of the program, including gift cards, tickets and other prizes.  By logging books and submitting book reviews, children and teens earned the chance to spin the prize wheel and earn prizes and reading incentives.

Not to be left out, adults played Beach Read Bingo.  Adult participants read over 1,700 books and 348 completed bingo cards were submitted for a chance to win the grand prize. Congratulations to Rosemary Huffman, the 2013 Beach Bingo Read winner!  Rosemary won a Kindle Fire – and can now access our traditional book collection, and the many books available as eBooks, as well as digital magazines and other items available in electronic format.

Rosemary Huffman accepts her prize
On the day she came in to pick up her prize, Rosemary was accompanied by her friend Nancy Bartoo. “It was Nancy who encouraged me to enter,” said Rosemary. 

Even though Nancy didn't win the contest, she had great things to say about the Beach Read Bingo contest.  “Filling out the bingo card encouraged me to read out of my comfort zone. I read some non-fiction about Virginia, which I probably wouldn't have read otherwise,” she added.

Runner-up prizes were also awarded to Michele Jones and Nancy Telfer, who received digital picture frames.

If you missed our summer reading program, you can sneak a peek at the fun, via one of our summer reading program online albums. Here are just a few of the programs we offered this summer:

If you participated in our summer reading program, please take a few minutes to provide your feedback via our online survey

Be sure to check out our website or follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with the latest library news, information and programs.

Happy Reading!
Lisa at Warrenton 

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