Saturday, August 17, 2013

Summer Reading Program Celebrates Its Grand Finale


      Summer Reading Program participants pose during their party at Lake Eau Claire

On August 15, participants in the Augusta Public Library's Summer Reading Program gathered at Lake Eau Claire to celebrate their literary accomplishments. Together, the thirty-six children had logged 12,538 minutes of reading since the program's start in June. Their grand finale--coordinated by Youth Librarian Cassie Banaszak, Adult Services Librarian Samma Johnson, and Library Director Leslie LaRose--went beyond just books. After listening to Cassie read a story, the group enjoyed a variety of games, crafts, and food centered around the 2013 "Dig Into Reading" theme.

Highlights of the morning included a relay race that involved digging, building sandcastles, and making paper-flower-ended spoons. The children used the spoons to eat "dirt cake" (really a delicious chocolate pudding/Oreo mix) after their lunch of fruit salad made by volunteer Jane Walsh and subs from Subway.

Finally, the grand moment arrived: The awarding of prizes. All children who had submitted at least six reading logs got to choose free books, and the top readers in each age category received special prizes. Nobody went home empty-handed, though; each child got a goodie bag with "Dig Into Reading" themed items inside, such as bracelets, bookmarks, and toy dinosaurs.

If the smiles on the children's faces were any indication, "Dig Into Reading" did, indeed, cultivate their love of books.

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