Mercer County District Library in Celina wrapped up the 2017 Summer Reading Program “Build a Better World” on July 21st. Zak Morgan did a fantastic job entertaining those in attendance. Thank you to the following businesses who sponsored our program: CAPT, Celina Moose Lodge, Celina American Legion, Cotterman & Company, Celina VFW, Denny’s Door Company, Lochte Technology, Celina Wine Store, Mercer County Fair, Family Video, Bryson Pool, COSI, Lake City Creamery, Celina’s Best Yogurt, Kings Island, Mercer/Auglaize Family YMCA, and Newport Aquarium. Winners of the bikes were Elise Hinton, Hailey Hinton, Emily Kuhn and Jennalee Dameron. Many other prizes were given away as well.
Our Teen Summer Reading program came to an end on July 21st. There were 22 teens who completed the reading program. For the finale, kids enjoyed a pizza party and prize winners were drawn. The third place winner of a $25.00 amazon card was Tori Williams, the second place winner of an Instant Print Camera was Rose Axe, and the Grand Prize winner of a Hoover Board was Arianna LaBarge.
The St. Henry Library would like to thank everyone that came out and made our “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Program such a success. Three hundred children made the commitment to continue reading throughout the summer. This speaks volumes of the values held by our community! Throughout the summer, children got to get to know several people who make our world a better place. Guest speakers included a Master Gardener, an EMT, Grand Lake Mariner Baseball Players, and the Armstrong Air and Space Museum. In addition to guest speakers, children also made crafts weekly and participated in several different games such as water balloon baseball and a mini bucket brigade to name a few.
A special thank you goes out to Tom’s Construction for the use of their construction cones that we used to decorate the library. Other thank you’s are extended to the Starlight Drive In, Mercer County Fair Board, Kings Island, Cincinnati Reds, TinCaps, Cosi, Cincinatti Zoo, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, COSI, Dayton Museum of Natural History, and the Dayton Dragons. We would not have near the participation without the motivation that these contributing entities provide.
For each book a participating child checked out, they were encouraged to add a LEGO to our structure to physically represent their efforts at building a better world through reading. The final count on the LEGO structure was 2,431 total LEGOs representing the 2,431 books checked out during the Summer Reading Program.