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Reading program sets record

Saturday, August 4, 2012

This year's summer reading program tallied 894 members at the close of the summer, due in part to the added infant and adult programs. Sarah Beth Beaver, who organized the event, saw more people sign up for library cards because of the program, as well.
Friday concluded the record-breaking year for the Spencer Library's summer reading program. With the additions of the infant/toddler and adult sections, the library was hoping to get 550-600 members to sign up. But between the 51 babies, the 466 school-aged children, the 116 teens, and the 271 adults, the participants totaled 894.

"It was fantastic," said Sarah Beth Beaver, the children's librarian who organized the event.

While there is no final tally on the number of books read, Beaver estimates "thousands." In addition, the library saw a good turnout on the programs they offered to the kids and teens.

"Some weeks we had upwards of 60 kids come in to do the crafts and listen to the story," Beaver said.

Friday afternoon concluded the program with a magician. Approximately 60 kids showed up for this event.

The library will be working in the next weeks to host the parties for each age group. Kids that turned in their level 3 reading logs will attend a pizza and bowling party at Spencer Bowl on Aug. 12 at 2 p.m.

Lock-ins will be held for the middle- and high-school students at the library, where they will play video games, watch movies, make crafts and "run around like crazy." The activities will also include capture-the-flag and a live-action version of Angry Birds. The middle-school lock-in will be Aug. 17, and the high-school lock-in will be Aug. 18.

"We've been doing lock-ins for years, but this is the first year that we broke into the two age groups," Beaver said. "There were just too many for one party."

Adult readers will attend a wine tasting on Aug. 14 at Arts on Grand.

While they aren't taking any more slips, the library hopes to draw for their final prizes at the end of next week.

Beaver tends to follow the same format for the reading program, though each year is a bit different.

"I like to count the minutes that the kids read, rather than the books or the pages," Beaver said. "It puts everyone on an even playing field."

The library also saw more people sign up for library cards with the program. Many adults got their own card because they were already signing up for their children. In the aftermath of this year's program, and in preparation for next year's, Beaver expects the use of the library and its materials will continue to grow.

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