Library ends another successful summer year of reading

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Sharon Peters begins reading the second book of the afternoon to a few youngsters during the final summer reading event at the Chinook Regional Library on Aug. 26.

It’s the end of another successful summer for the Swift Current Library’s summer reading program.

The library held it’s final reading program event on Aug. 26, ending the summer with storytellers, arts and crafts, and a carnival.

In total more than 300 kids attended throughout the summer to take part in story telling, arts and crafts and of course the library’s summer reading challenge.

“We’ve had solid numbers for all our Tuesday programs,” said Swift Current Library Branch Manager Chris Harrow.  “I’m pleased that the community has embraced us as a library and embraced the literacy of their children.”

In the end Harrow said they had between 50 and 60 youngsters reading multiple books throughout the summer.  In the older age groups some kids read up to 50, with the winner of this years reading challenge finishing close to 260.

“Obviously your reading level increases the more you read,” he said.  “We’re in a situation where we have older kids reading to their younger siblings, which is fantastic because then both parties are growing.”

The program isn’t just about fostering a love of reading, however, it’s also about getting people out to the library.  Harrow said he’s pleased with the impact the program has had.

“(The kids) do get more comfortable in the library, especially with the library here,” he said.

As for the rest of the year, it’s back to business as usual at Chinook.  Storytime and Rhyme time resume in the fall, as does the monthly family day.  Whatever the future holds, Harrow just wants to see the summer success carry over into the fall and winter.

“Literacy is an ongoing thing, so just because some reading program is done doesn’t mean you can’t get in here and enjoy the materials.”

Organizations: Chinook Regional Library

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