Over 170 kids take part in summer reading program

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Children enjoy science experiments Democrat Photo Cassville Branch Library summer reading program participants enjoyed science experiments with Heno Head on June 16. Head shared several experiments during the program, and also touched on the scientific process by repeating the phrase, "We don't have to guess. We can test." In the photo above, children react to an experiment, which determined that a cylinder of cardboard shaped into a circle can withstand more weight than cardboard folded into a triangle- or square-shaped cylinder.

The Cassville Branch Library's summer reading program attracted 177 preschool through high school students this summer. In total, participants documented 180,919 pages read through the six-week program.

"The program was very successful," said Cheryl Williams, Cassville Branch Library children's coordinator. "One thing that made this year's program really successful was our reading store."

Participants received $1 in reading money for every 100 pages that they read. Reading dollars were used to purchase items from the library's reading store.

"I can't believe how much the kids read this year," said Williams. "We had one child who earned $126 in reading money."

In addition to reading books, participants had the opportunity to attend 35 special programs at the library this summer. A total of 1,448 children attended the special events.

"They enjoyed all the programs," said Williams. "They especially enjoyed Heno Head's science experiments, the magician Marty Hahn and the 4-H Club's robots. We had a good turn out for all of the programs."

At the end of the six-week summer reading program, participants celebrated their reading successes at a pool party sponsored by Friends of the Cassville Library.

"This is the second year that we have had the pool party," said Williams. "We had between 120 and 150 people at the party. It was a fun time for the kids, who had the pool all to themselves. It was a nice way to end the summer, especially with as hot as it has been."

The Cassville Library's top summer reading participants also had the opportunity to enter a drawing for a variety of large prizes.

Several local businesses and individuals donated items and funds for this year's summer reading program.

They included: Tim's Fly Shop, a $50 gift certificate, two rod and reels and five tackle boxes; Runnels' Chiropractic, $50; Willis Insurance, $30; Eagle and Falcon Broadcasting, four passes to Amazing Pets; Silver Dollar City, two adult passes; Security Abstract, $25; First State Bank, pencils and stickers; Hutchens Construction, $100; and Freedom Bank, $100.

Security Bank, $50 savings bond; Sports World, $10 gift certificate; State Farm Insurance, stuffed dogs, Frisbees, fire trucks, crayons, coloring books and footballs; Commerce Bank, pencils; Ozark Reader magazine, two books; Geraldi's, 20 pizza certificates; Cassville Friends of the Library, $400; Jim and Amy Brattin, $100; and Sandy Harmon, Linda Horner and Chip Kammerlohr, $100.

"The summer reading program helps kids keep up their reading skill levels over the summer," said Williams. "Research shows that reading as little as four books during the summer allows kids to stay at the same reading level. This program encourages them to read even more."

For more information on the Cassville Branch Library's summer reading program, call 847-2121.

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