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Summer reading is over (at least for the kids) and school will be starting next week. My how the summer flies! I really appreciate how our library has extended summer reading the last few years. Often libraries host summer reading for about a month, or they start in May and are done at the end of June. What about July I ask you?

Our library lets kids keep reading through the end of the summer, even though a lot of the programming is done. If they finish one sheet of 50, they can choose to do another 50 books and get a second prize. Last year we did two sheets and the prizes were awesome! The boys got tickets to local sprint races. We were a little late this year finishing our second 50, but the boys still got ice cream coupons, pizza coupons, and two free books! This is on top of the prizes they received for finishing their first 50 (prizes pictured below).

Both boys received similar prizes, and were able to pick out their own free books!

Both boys received similar prizes, and were able to pick out their own free books!

The adults get to keep going through the end of August. In addition to finishing as many bingo cards as possible, you can earn tickets for drawing by writing reviews of books you’ve read. These can be short little three sentence blurbs. I haven’t done this yet and am chagrinned that my little sister is whooping me thoroughly in the bingos and reviews department. My guess is she is a sure thing for one of the prizes in the adult division. We shall see.

Just a close up. You can see McDonalds and Wendy's contribute as well as local businesses like our Hawaiian Ice stand.

Just a close up. You can see McDonalds and Wendy’s contribute as well as local businesses like our Hawaiian Ice stand.

Scavenger hunts are always a part of summer reading at our library. In the past they had weekly scavenger hunts. This year they did one big one. Since the theme was Every Hero has a Story super heroes played a big part in the programming, including the scavenger hunt. The library teamed up with local businesses and posted posters of super heroes in approximately 37 local business buildings. To complete the scavenger hunt you had to visit the business and write down which super hero their poster depicted. You had the usual Superman and Batman type heroes, but they also featured local heroes like firemen and nurses. They set a date near the end of summer reading for families to turn their scavenger hunts in by. It was a lot of fun, and we visited some places we had never been within our small town.

As always, I encourage everyone to participate in summer reading programs. If you missed out this year, make a note on your calendar to check it out next year. Now libraries are probably gearing up for fall programming, so stop in to your local library and see what they are offering.

The fall line-up for our library includes painting classes, Pinterest craft nights, local history programs, two book clubs, story hours, Math Class for toddlers, and Learn & Play programs just to name a few. If your library doesn’t offer something you think sounds interesting make sure you speak to your librarian about it and let them know you are interested. Recruit others to do the same!!

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