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Summer Reading Program Boasts Success

By MINDY MCKENZIE
Daily Globe Staff Reporter

SHELBY - Another successful year is in the books for the Summer Reading program of Marvin Memorial Library.

Children's Librarian Jami Williams explained there were about 334 children who signed up for the program and a total of 132 children completely finished. Summer Reading began on June 11 and went through July 24.

"During Summer Reading, we had eight special programs that were put on and we had a total of 363 kids with all the programs. We also had six story time sessions and all together we had 448 children attend those. We had a great response with the programs," said Williams.

For this year's Summer Reading program, Williams explained the idea was to try a science theme and it was entitled, Fizz, Boom, Read.

"This year's theme went much better than expected. We did a bunch of different scientific experiments using telephone cups and tried thunderstorm in a glass. The kids all seemed to have fun and they liked the different experiments," said Williams.

The program is open to children between the ages of two through twelve. Williams said the children participated in both indoor and outdoor activities.

Cartoonist Jeff Nicholas stopped by Marvin Memorial for the last day of Summer Reading and showed off some of his cartoons. Nicholas also helped children participating in the activity by showing them how to create some of their very own cartoons as well.

"The cartoonist was great. He made his cartoons simple enough for everyone to be able to follow along and create something that looked similar to what he was drawing," said Williams.

"We did do some outdoor activities. We had a naturalist come and we did get to see all the different animals that were brought along. It was just a great experience," said Williams.

Williams showed her appreciation towards Robyn Bovia, assistant children's librarian, for all of her hard work with the program.

"If it wasn't for Robyn, the program would not have gone as smoothly as it did. She was such a huge help with everything," said Williams.

This was Williams' first year experiencing the Summer Reading program.

"I was very happy and pleased with the turnout for this year's program," said Williams.

Williams is already focusing on next year's Summer Reading and happened to share an insight for the theme.

"For next year, the theme will be 'Heroes'. We are thinking about incorporating people like firemen, policemen, and military. We think that would be a neat idea for the kids. We are looking forward to it," said Williams.

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