Avast ye matey!

A record-breaking 1,248 books were read during the Library Summer Reading Program this year. The program was a roaring success for the more than 100 youths who participated.

The purpose of the reading club is to keep reading skills exciting and strong over the summer.

This year's theme, "Books! A Treasure," provided ample opportunities for families to enjoy a treasure trove of activities. Fifty children completed reading journals that revealed 1,248 books were read during the program.

Soon-to-be sixth-grader Marleah Roseman read an astonishing 155 books! She is an avid science fiction buff and hasn't stopped reading just because the program ended. And many other participants are still carrying armfuls of books home to read before school begins.

There was standing room only for many of the activities that featured Bubblemania magician Doug Rougeaux, puppeteer Nancy Sander, storyteller Robin Bady and singer/guitarist Jim McCarthy.

Children attending three craft days made "Bling Bling" beaded necklaces, treasure chests and dragon puppets. Attendance ranged from 50 to 80 children for each of the activities.

A "Curious George Goes Hawaiian" party was held, where Library Director Liz Metzger donned a costume portraying the Man in the Yellow Hat. Children played pin the monkey to the coconut tree, danced the limbo, read a Curious George book and became sleuths during a scavenger hunt.

The annual Harry Potter Birthday Party featured magic wand-making, Harry Potter bingo, a frog-jumping contest and wearing temporary tattoos.

Liz put on her popular Captain Book costume for Awards Night and debuted her parrot's new matching eye patch.

More than 80 attendees cheered the achievements of these busy and happy young readers as they accepted their awards, books and backpack prizes and enjoyed refreshments.

Toddler story time continues on Thursdays at 10 a.m. through August, takes a recess during September and starts up for the fall in October.

For more information about this or other library programs, call 697-7030.

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