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A lot of reading went on...

Toledo Public Library News

September 11, 2012
By Jennifer Bledsoe - Library Director , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A lot of reading took place this summer for the Toledo Library's Summer Reading Program. DREAM BIG! A whopping 15,982 minutes were read!

The meeting room was turned into an awesome night theme complete with a bat cave! The ceiling filled up with stars naming each of our reading participants. When participants turned in a reading log, they had their name put on a bat, then all the bats were suspended from the ceiling! It was fun to see the bats filling up the room! The summer reading program is a fantastic way for kids to keep up those reading skills during the summer months. All that's required is to sign up and read!

This summer reading event had four amazing programs. Week one consisted of the theme Night, Night , where these stories were read, How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers and Shine Moon Shine by David Conway were read to all. The crafts were Silvery moon and Starry Night. Subway certificates were handed out to all of our participants. Week two brought us Dreams and Wishes. Books read were, Willy the Dreamer by Anthony Browne, Yes Day by Amy Rosenthal and Mordant's Wish by Valerie Coursen. The super crafts of the day were creating a sandman from real sand and making dream jars. The Buttercow certificates were handed out to all of our readers on week two. Night Owls was the theme for the third week. Night Owl books consisted of Waddles by David McPhail, Hug Me by Patti Stren and I'm not Cute by Jonathan Allen. The crafts were all animals; raccoon, owl and porcupine paper plate crafts and the Blank Park Zoo treated us to a free zoo pass. The fourth week was Night Adventures where we read Camping Day by Patricia Lakin, Zigby Camps Out by Brian Patterson and Track that Scat by Lisa Morlock. The cool crafts were an ant chip clip, lightening bugs in a jar and constellation frames. Whew!! As a reward, there is always a final party. For the final party this year, the readers were treated to the movie Ice Age: Continental Drift in 3D at our lovely Wieting Theatre. Does this all sound like fun? Well it is! If so, make sure you get signed up next year. You will be glad you did.

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Participants are: Caitlyn Adams, Cassie Adams, Shayla Behounek, Andrea Bolen, Dallas Bolen, Deanna Bolen, Hunter Caraccio, Tyler Caraccio, Alexandra Castanon, Maribel Castanon, Omar Jr Castanon, Rosa Castanon, Caleb Cosgrove, Wade Cosgrove, Jenna Cremeans, Jordyn Cremeans, Addison Cronk, Autumn Elsbury, Maeley Elsbury, Marty Garcia, Cale Graff, Clayton Graff, Anna Harken, Adam Haughey, Morgan Haughey, Arturo Hernandez, Dasia Johnson, Destinie Johnson, Abby Kern, Emma Kern, Jonathan Lagona, Laila Lasley-Santos, Julie Matta, Campbell McCreery, Brianna Morrison, Marci Morrison, Gloria Mullen, Jessica Nachazel, Kara Nachazel, Jimena Nunez, Monserrat Nunez, Perla Nunez, Emily Purk, Katelyn Purk, Grant Reece, Holden Schirmer, Samantha Schneider, Rachel Silhanek, Wyatt Silhanek, Karter Thiessen, Kennedy Thiessen, Khain Thiessen, Elizabeth Vesely, Tiernan Wanatee, Jersey Zeman and Miles Zmolek. - Photo provided

We would like to thank our volunteers Aubree McFate, Autumn McFate and Phillip Norton. You are important and appreciated. We would also like to thank our generous donors, the Wieting Theatre, Bob Dew, Tom and Margaret Scharnweber, Caseys Pizza, Blank Park Zoo, The Buttercow, The State Bank of Toledo, Pamida Foundation and our local Subway. Your generosity and support of the Toledo Library's Summer Reading Program is greatly appreciated by all.

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