Top readers in grades 1-5. Front row left to right: Lilah Ray, Lauren McClurg, Isaac Siefring, Mia Wolters. Back row left to right: Abraham Siefring, Justin Bergman, Nathan Winner. Not pictured: Heidi Lause, Faith Ronnebaum, Logan Ronnebaum, R. J. Olberding.

On July 26, the Zahn-Marion Township Library completed its 2018 summer reading program, “Libraries Rock!” with 399 children participating.

A party to celebrate the program’s completion was held at the American Legion in Maria Stein.

The top two readers in grades one through five were announced at the start of the party.  They are first-grade – Isaac Siefring, 135 books and Heidi Lause 110 books; second grade – Lauren McClurg, 110 books and Lilah Ray 70 books; third-grade – Justin Bergman, 236 books and Faith and Logan Ronnebaum each with 170 books; fourth-grade – Nathan Winner, 84 books and Abraham Siefring 65 books; fifth-grade – R. J. Olberding, 70 books and Mia Wolters 56 books.

The top readers each received a light blue-colored “Libraries Rock!” t-shirt for their accomplishment.

Entertainment at the party was provided by Madcap Puppets from Cincinnati.

The program concluded with prizes, awards and certificates for all the summer reading participants.  The children were congratulated for all their hard work.

Winners in the young adult/adult reading program receiving passes or items of interest from various places were Mandy Fleck, Bethany Heitkamp and Pat Large, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm; Kathy Huelsman and Ann Puthoff, Bicycle Museum of America; Jane Hein, Carillon Park; Lori Barga, Rich Heckman and Bob Nieberding, Chakeres Theaters; Kiley Huelsman and Nancy Luebke, Chickasaw Qwik Stop, Janel Schulte, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Trevor Muhlenkamp, Cleveland Browns; Gavin Thobe, Cleveland Cavaliers; Jonica Bergman, COSI; Emily Brunswick and Alex Schulze, Kings Island; Paul Gagel, Carrie Griesdorn, Doris Imwalle, Linda Koenig, Drew Lause, Emily McClurg, Brianna Schmidt, Wesley Schoen, Jean Thobe and Ava Werling, Maria Stein Dairy Station; Bonnie Tangeman, Newport Aquarium; Megan Subler, Piqua Johnston Farm & Indian Agency; Jamie Heitkamp, Science Central-Ft. Wayne.

Winners in the preschool reading program were Audrey McClurg, flying disk; Layna Schroeder, mini sports balls, Marcus Hoying, bubble sticks, Abigail Klosterman and Lucas Moeller, sidewalk chalk, Tyler Frey, paddle set, Jenessa Schwieterman, bucket of prizes, Julie Wynk, sand castle pail, Aubrey Knapke, stuffed monkey and Nora Hartings, Grady Muhlenkamp, Josie Muhlenkamp and Noah Tobe, Maria Stein Dairy Station gift certificates.

Additional winners in the grades one through fifth program were Alex Grieshop and Nathan Winner, books with candy and Danae Birt, Raygen Kramer, Bennett Poeppelman and Lucas Schlarman, Maria Stein Dairy Station gift certificates.

The library would like to thank the following people, businesses and organizations for supporting this year’s summer programming: Maria Stein American Legion, Chickasaw Fire Department, Knights of Columbus, Minster; Korner Kafe, Maria Stein; Maria Stein Dairy Station, McDonald’s, Moeller Brew Barn, Maria Stein; Precision Strip Inc., Minster; Town Tavern, Chickasaw; Wagner’s IGA, Minster; Walmart, Celina; Starlight Drive-In, Maria Stein; Mercer Health, Mercer County Fair, Auglaize-Mercer YMCA, S & K Products, Wendy’s, Sonic, Chipotle, Ohio State Fair and Ohio State Parks.