Summer Reading 2014 Recap

This past summer has been one of the busiest by far for the Meigs County District Public Library.  We kicked off the 2014 Summer Reading Program called Fizz, Boom Read! at the Racine Library with bounce houses, face painting, a treasure hunt and various other games and activities.  The kickoff was attended by 185 young people along with several parents.  The following week was our largest program of the summer with Dr. Insecta.  A group of 210 people attended the program and enjoyed the opportunity to learn about lots of creepy, crawly insects.
                The fun continued for several more weeks with visits from COSI (102 in attendance), Nancy the Turtle Lady (187 in attendance), Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery (82 in attendance) and the Meigs County K-9 officer demo & Air Evac, again at the Racine Library (65 in attendance).  The final event of the summer reading program was the annual pool party at the London Pool in Syracuse. 
                The library gave away 75 Summer Reading Program T-shirts to those young people who attended three or more programs.  In addition, several area businesses provided support for the program through their generous donations so that prizes could be awarded at the final program.  Through our partnership with the Meigs County Council on Aging and their Summer Food Service Program, we were able to provide approximately 600 meals to those in attendance throughout the summer.
                At the conclusion of the summer reading program, our attention turned to the Meigs County Fair.  The library had a booth in the commercial building at the fair for the first time in several years.  We provided information about our programs and services and had e-readers available for demonstration.  The most popular activity was our virtual photo booth.  We encouraged fairgoers to take a photo in front of our bookshelf (a #shelfie), which was posted to the library’s Facebook page. 
                Not only has it been a great summer, but we are looking forward to a great autumn as well.  Fall story times will begin in all four library locations the week of Sept. 8th.  Our Needlework Network for those interested in crocheting, knitting and other needle crafts will continue to meet weekly at the Pomeroy Library on Tuesdays at 6 p.m.  Look for us at Treat Street and watch our website (www.meigslibrary.org) or our facebook page (www.facebook.com/meigslibrary) for other programs that are in the works including monthly movie matinees, computer classes, the annual quilt show and pumpkin painting.