Kids running with reading [UPDATED]Published 9:22am Friday, June 7, 2013 Updated 11:29am Friday, June 7, 2013
Summer is our busiest season at the Fergus Falls Public Library. With school out for the summer, it is wonderful to see children of all ages coming to the library to find their next favorite read.
As of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5 we had 847 children, teens and adults registered for the library’s Summer Reading Program, “Dig Into Reading,” which kicked off with ice cream and fanfare Monday.
The ice cream was provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
In addition to the Summer Reading Program, we have 57 children registered for our summer reading tutoring program, Extra Reading at the Library (ERL).
This valuable program helps students with reading challenges maintain and exceed their reading goals so they are ready to begin school again in the fall. ERL, in its twelfth year, is also fully funded by contributions from foundations, organizations and individuals.
Although summers at the library are especially busy, the library enjoys robust use year round as well. During the June 3 City Council meeting, I presented the library’s annual report, which we submit each year to State Library Services.
In 2012, the library saw an increase in the total number of visits made to the library, program attendance and offerings, computer use and meeting room rental by the public.
The library also experienced an increase in the number of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks checked out.
If it’s been awhile since you’ve visited the library, I encourage you to stop by and take in all of the activity during the summer months.
In my opinion, there is nothing better than watching a young child stagger to the check-out counter peeking over a stack of books about cars, airplanes, jokes and dinosaurs.
And now that child can also check out his own books using our new self-check machine,
The self-check is easy to use and helps alleviate some of the long lines that form during the summer.
Stop in, find your next favorite read, and try our new self-check machine today.
As always, we look forward to seeing you at the library.
Erin Smith is the director at the Fergus Falls Public Library.