Reading program breaks recordsPublished 11:55am Friday, August 16, 2013
The Fergus Falls Public Library would like to thank the community members that participated in our annual summer reading program — all 1,376 of you. We are happy to report a record number of summer reading registrations this year: 917 children, 272 adults, and 187 teens signed-up for our 8-week “Dig Into Reading” program at FFPL.
That’s a 37 percent increase over registrations from last year. Needless to say this was another exciting and busy summer for us filled with special events & programs, weekly trivia contests, fun prizes and of course, lots of reading.
It is wonderful to see that reading is such an important part of our children’s lives, even when they aren’t in school.
The summer reading program not only helps to develop and strengthen early literacy skills in pre-readers, it also to prevent the “summer slide” in school-aged children.
Students who do not read over the summer tend to lose reading skills and are often behind their peers who have read during the summer months.
The good news is that many kids in our community chose to stay busy reading since school let out.
We had almost 500 reading logs turned in with a whopping 8,130 hours of reading time recorded.
Children who turned in a log received a certificate of completion, a free book, and a coupon for free ice cream from Dairyland.
Children and families also enjoyed a variety of programs and events throughout the summer.
There were 2,557 people in attendance for the 58 individual programs we offered for kids including storytimes, lunch bunch book club, afternoon programs, and three special evening events.
One of the summer highlights was an outdoor concert at NP Park on June 25 by Grammy Award-winning musicians The Okee Dokee Brothers. Almost 200 people danced and sang along to this wonderful bluegrass band from the Cities (This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and sponsored by Viking Library System.)
Another great highlight was a visit from Chahinkapa Zoo (Wahpeton, ND). Staff brought a number of live animals as part of their “Burrowing Buddies” program including a boa constrictor and a chinchilla (which brave kids got to touch). This event was sponsored by the Friends of FFPL.
While children recorded the number of hours they read, teens (grades 6 through 12) recorded the number of books they read for their summer program. 378 book logs were turned in which means a grand total of
1,134 books were read by the participating students. Upon registration teens received a coupon for a free used book from Biffley’s and were able to pick out a free prize book from the library after two logs were completed.
We offered four special afternoon programs for teens: a potato chip taste off, DIY upcycled t-shirt bags, historical fiction book discussion, and a Percy Jackson party. An average of 20 people were in attendance for those programs.
This was our second summer of adult summer reading. 272 participants read 726 books.
The library also had an array of events from technology classes — Intro to iPad, Kindle Fire 101 and Pinterest — to book club to workshops–composting, flower arranging and beekeeping.
Summer reading wouldn’t be possible without the support of our community sponsors.
Thank you to the Floyd and Harriet Miller Endowment Fund, the Inga M. Johnson Endowment Fund, Fergus Falls Community Education, the Lundeen Family Foundation, Otter Risers Kiwanis, Pizza Ranch, City Bakery and Dairyland for sponsoring children’s summer reading.
Thank you to Biffley’s Bookmark, Falls Baking Company, FF Farmer’s Market, Forget-Me-Not Flower Farm, Meadow Farm Foods, Natures Garden World, Victor Lundeen’s and Westridge Cinema for donating gift cards for use as teen and adult weekly prizes.
Special thanks goes to the Friends of the Fergus Falls Public Library for fundraising and supporting summer reading for all ages.
Our Friends group generously donates funds every year to pay for prizes, performances, decorations, program supplies, and advertising.
The Friends also provided funds to purchase the two grand prize
Kindle Fires; congratulations to winners Joycelynn Mattson (adult) and Meriah Easton (teen).
Katelyn Boyer is the Adult Services Librarian and Arielle Krohn is the Youth Librarian.