5th graders

Top readers in grades 1-5 in the Zahn-Marion Twp. Branch Library’s summer reading program were: front row from left, Gideon Schmackers, Melina Schoen, Heidi Lause and Isaac Siefring and back row, Justin Bergman, Emma Everman and Alyssa Homan. Winners not pictured: Jordan Hamberg, Faith Ronnebaum and Abraham Siefring.

On July 25, the Zahn-Marion Township Library completed its 2019 summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories” with 440 children, 91 teens and 179 adults 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 – Melina Schoen, 290 books and Gideon Schmackers 274 books; second grade – Heidi Lause, 210 books and Isaac Siefring 197 books; third-grade – Emma Everman 233 books and Jordan Hamberg, 190 books; fourth-grade – Faith Ronnebaum 81 books and Justin Bergman, 80 books; fifth-grade – Abraham Siefring, 79 books and Alyssa Homan, 74 books.

The top readers each received an “A Universe of Stories” t-shirt for their accomplishment.

Entertainment at the party was provided by comedy-juggler, Matt Jergens from Columbus.

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 teen/adult reading program receiving passes or items of interest from various places were Erin Koesters and Brooke Moeder, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm; Linda Broering and Joe Speck, Bicycle Museum of America; Katie Eilerman, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery; Marianne Bruns and Dennis Link, Chickasaw Qwik Stop, Chris Keller, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Craig Heckman, Cleveland Browns; Lauren Wolters, Cleveland Cavaliers; Michelle K. Winner, COSI; Bethany Heitkamp, Dayton Dragons; Olivia DeMange and Michelle M. Winner, Kings Island; Addison Bruns, Sue Bruns, Sharon Heitbrink, Randy Homan, Anna Kleinhenz, Abby Moeller, Mary Ann Pohl, Teri Spoltman, Anne Thobe and Dennis Thobe, Maria Stein Dairy Station; Tricia Barlage and Jim Hoying, Piqua Johnston Farm & Indian Agency; Katrina Will, Science Central-Ft. Wayne; Carol Heinfeld and Doris Imwalle, Scott’s Carryout; Larissa Evers, Annette Heckman and Lynn Hemmelgarn, UEC Theatres.

Winners in the preschool reading program were Eddie Homan, space adventure tent, Colton Hartings, mini sports balls, Josie Schmackers and Teddy Siefring, bubble sticks, Aubree Kirwen, sidewalk chalk, Luke Everman and August Koenig, alien soccer balls, Andrew Kunk and Sloan Siefring, coloring pad with markers, Ruth Cully, Stanley bag with books, Gracie Wells, stuffed animal, Mya Brunswick, money match game, Eli Moeller, solar system floor puzzle, Evelyn Wolters, money savvy pig and Weston Bruns, Dylan Buschur, Nora Homan, Lucas Moeller, Maria Stein Dairy Station gift certificates.

Additional winners in the grades one through fifth program were Jack McClurg, Monopoly game, Lilah Ray, book and Amelia Albers, Derek Cramer, Parker Everman, Mason Klosterman and Kenzie Schoenlein, Maria Stein Dairy Station gift certificates.  A large bucket of prizes was awarded to the Buschur’s (Madilyn, Brody, Jace and Kensley) for being the winners of the “picture with Zahnny” contest.

The library would like to thank the following people, businesses and organizations for supporting this year’s summer programming: Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, Bicycle Museum of America, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Chickasaw Fire Department, Chickasaw Qwik Stop, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, COSI, Dayton Dragons, Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, Kings Island, Knights of Columbus, Minster, Korner Kafe,  Maria Stein American Legion,   Maria Stein Dairy Station, McDonald’s, Mercer County Fair, Mercer Health, Moeller Brew Barn, Ohio Renaissance Festival,  Ohio State Fair, Osgood State Bank, S & K Products, Science Central-Ft. Wayne, Scott’s Carryout-Maria Stein, Starlight Drive-In, Town Tavern, UEC Theaters-Celina, Wagner’s IGA, Walmart and Auglaize-Mercer YMCA.