Friday, August 15, 2008

Summer Reading Program Success

The Summer Reading Program ended with the largest juvenile program we’ve ever hosted! We hosted approximately 525 people at our Ladybug Picnic on July 30th and 35 teens at the Teen Jitterbug Dance! Everything went smoothly, considering how many people were involved. The volunteers were excellent and the participants were patient when they needed to wait in line.

Summer 2008 brought 2,882 people to 30 programs. That’s an average of 96 people per program. The total number is up 24% over last year. We’re attributing that growth on several factors: 1. parents and children spreading the word with their friends about the programming, 2. more people staying local for the summer due to the economy, and 3. continued quality programming.

In general, we feel that the Summer Reading Program has had a spectacular year. We are very grateful to the 37 volunteers who donated 153 hours of their time to help us make all of these programs run smoothly.

We would like to extend a thank-you to all of our SummerReading Program sponsors.
We could not possibly have offered all of the programs and prizesthat we did without them:

The Book Cellar; Burger King;Carr's Floral; Figaro's Pizza; Fox River Archery;Green Bay Packers; KJ Tax & Accounting; Marty's Diamond Restaurant;McDonald's; Mike Webb Flooring; Milwaukee Admirals; Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens;
My Closet Castaways ;Noah's Ark Family Park; Oscar Mayer Foods Corp; Pharmacy Station;Reineman's True Value; River City Lanes;Shear Image Hair Salon; Showtime Cinema; Subway;Thai/Italiana Restaurant; Triple Crown Products; Uncle Harry's Custard; Wal-Mart;Waterford Automotive and White Fox Den.

Please continue to support our local businesses

We are already starting to think about next year’s Summer Reading Program theme: Get Creative @ Your Library!

Tricia Cox
Children's Librarian

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