(7-28-21) On July 23, the Zahn-Marion Township Library completed its 2021 summer reading program, “Tails and Tales” with a party to celebrate held at the Marion Local Elementary gym in Maria Stein.

Front row, left to right: Owen Hess, Trayson Stachler, Julie Wynk and Ruth Cully, Back row, left to right: Quinn Moeller, Isaac Siefring, Charlie Siefring. Not available for photo: Laina, Micah and Norah Koesters.

                The top two readers in grades one through five were announced at the start of the party.  They are first-grade – Trayson Stachler, 1,060 points and Juli Wynk, 930 points; second grade – Ruth Cully, 4,748 points and Laina Koesters, 2,229 points; third-grade – Micah Koesters, 4,352 points and Charlie Siefring, 1,980 points; fourth-grade – Isaac Siefring, 2,365 points and Owen Hess, 2,100 points; fifth-grade – Quinn Moeller, 2,465 points and Norah Koesters, 2,457 points.  The top readers each received an “Tails and Tales” t-shirt for their accomplishment.

                Entertainment at the party was provided by children’s singer/songwriter, Zak Morgan.

                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 adult reading program receiving gift cards/certificates, passes or items of interest from various places were Theresa Dirksen, Renee Hartings, Tori Liette, Susan Poeppelman, Tammie Prenger, Tracy Stachler, Kendra Werling and Amber Winner, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, Stephanie Frey, Kelsey Frilling, Carrie Griesdorn, Jena Hartings, Esther Heckman, Patricia Large, Bonnie Tangeman, Sandy Wellman and Kendra Wolters, Bicycle Museum of America; Lauren Schwieterman, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery; Amy Will, Chickasaw Qwik Stop; Adam Kunk, Lora Pohl and Ross Thobe, Cincinnati Bengals; Kelly Delzeith, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens; Erin Koesters, Dayton History at Carillon Park; Dennis Link and Ann Schwieterman, Korner Kafe; Patricia Clune, Helen Grunden, Doris Henry, Doris Imwalle and Anita Laux, Maria Stein Dairy Station; Laura Brandewie, Mary Ann Homan, Linda Koenig, Cathy Liening and Angie Post, New Bremen Coffee Company and McDonald’s;’ Melissa Schmackers, Ohio Caverns; Olivia Cully and Elise Pottkotter, Piqua Johnston Farm & Indian Agency; Kimberly Bruns, Science Central Museum; Jennifer Koesters and Sammy Evers, Scott’s Carryout and Elaine Thobe and Susan Triplett, Town Tavern.

                Winners in the teen reading program receiving gift cards/certificates, passes or items of interest from various places were Claire Winner, game; Charlie Mueller, Chickasaw Qwik Stop, Tanner Hartings, Joey Kunk, Wesley Schoen and Levi Stachler, Cincinnati Bengals; Mason Hess and Cayden Kremer, Cleveland Cavaliers, Maci Knapke and Elizabeth Mescher, Kings Island; Lyliah Albers, Gina Bruns, Johanna Dirksen, Megan Homan and Abraham Siefring, Maria Stein Dairy Station; Addison Bruns, Alexandra Kohnen, Jolene Schmackers, Kendall Wells and Mia Wolters, Maria Stein Dairy Station and Alison Bruns, Alyssa Homan and Madison Steinbrunner, UEC Theater (Celina).

                Winners in the preschool reading program were Chloe Homan and Dane Luebke, pillows, Leah Brunswick, stuffed fox with tote bag, Elijah Kremer, turtle puzzle, Judah Cully, beach bucket, Olivia Schwieterman, sprinkling can, Emily Homan and Maddox Johnson, stuffed animals, Wade Evers, assorted balls, Mackenzie Moeder, bubble sticks, Beau Alexander, Corrine Bruns, Myles Homan and Rose Wolters, bucket of prizes, Emma Guggenbiller, Rhett Homan, Hudson Slonkosky, Easton Winner and Jacob Wynk, Maria Stein Dairy Station gift certificates.

Winners in the grades one through fifth program were Alaina Brown, Madilyn Buschur, Abigail Klosterman, Norah Koesters, Isaac Siefring, Amy Slonkosky, Grayson Smith, Paige Stachler and Max Timmerman, bucket of prizes and Stella Albers, Ruth Cully, Molly Frey, Victor Giere and Audrey Kuck, Maria Station gift certificates.

                The library would like to thank the following people, businesses and organizations for supporting this year’s summer programming: Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm, Bicycle Museum of America, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Chickasaw Qwik Stop, Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden,  Cleveland Cavaliers, Dayton History at Carillon Park, Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, Kings Island, Korner Kafe, Maria Stein Dairy Station, McDonald’s, Mercer County Fair, Mercer Health, Minster K of C, Minton Veterinary Service, Inc., New Bremen Coffee Co., Ohio Caverns, Ohio Renaissance Festival, Osgood State Bank, S & K Products, Science Central, Scott’s Carryout-Maria Stein, Town Tavern, UEC Theaters,  Wagner’s IGA, Walmart and the YMCA  Also a special thanks to the businesses who participated in our scavenger hunt: Osgood–Winner’s Meats, Osgood Post Office, Osgood State Bank, Betty’s Natural Foods and Do Good Restaurant, Maria Stein–St. Henry Bank, Leuger’s Ins., Lamm’s Ins.,  Maria Stein Grain and Maria Stein Animal Clinic; Chickasaw—Chickasaw Vet, Chickasaw Garage, Osgood State Bank and Chickasaw Qwik Stop.