July 29, 2011
Summer Reading Club Event Wrap-Up
School starts soon and that means that the Summer Reading Club at the Woodland Public Library is coming to an end.
It’s been a successful year with 524 children and 54 teens signing up and documenting the books they read over the summer. Every page read is a step in the right direction – in April 2009, a John Hopkins sociology professor linked summer reading programs to achievement during the school year. Summer readers are still turning in their results so we’ll soon be able to report a grand total count.
Library staff does know the events promoting summer reading were well attended and enjoyed by one and all. An events wrap up that highlighted this year’s Summer Reading Club theme, “One world, many stories”:
• June 21st, Summer Reading Club Kick Off Party – 212 children signed up with the help of 21 teen volunteers.
• June 28th, Spirit of the Rainforest by Wildlife Associates – 254 people got to meet a kinkajou, a sloth, and other rainforest animals in this educational program.
• July 6th, Art @ the Library – 174 attendees got to learn about California impressionists and create their own art projects under the guidance of staff from the Crocker Art Museum.
• July 13th, Magic Show - Brian Scott amazed 225 people who attended this event while promoting libraries as a great place to learn about your favorite subjects.
• July 19th, Science in Your World – 175 people got to touch, tug and feel exhibits from the Davis Explorit Science Center.
• July 29, Teen Wrap-Up Party – Teens attended a final pizza party bash to celebrate books and reading.
The Youth Services staff at the Library is exhausted but proud and happy of the successful summer reading year. And they can’t wait until next year when the themes will be “Dream Big – Read” for kids and “Own the Night” for teens.
All Summer Reading programming and giveaways are provided by the Friends of the Woodland Public Library.