It was another summer of encouraging literacy and love for books among young readers in downtown Hawley.
Jean Kammer, Youth Services Manager at Hawley Public Library, announced that 130 children were registered in 2013, more than last year. On August 21 they gathered to receive their prizes donated by numerous local businesses.
She said the program has been held all 13 years she has been at the library. Even in this age of electronic books and games, actual books with covers, a binding and paper pages still hold interest.
In addition to the 130 kids who gathered at the library, they also expand the program by taking books where other children may be found in the summer. That includes the YMCA program at Wallenpaupack,Treasure House, Joyful Noise and Creative Beginnings. Together, these added another 120 children who took part in the reading program.
The Summer Reading Program includes all levels, from ages 1 through 17. The 120 children at the library logged 1,164 hours of reading time.
"It's important for kids to keep reading through the summer to keep up their reading levels," Kammer said.
Children tracked their hours with moving animals through a burrow or ant hill. It took 15 hours of reading to get out of the burrow. Twenty five children moved at least one critter out of the burrow and six read enough to move several animals through the burrow.
The regular program involves stories, sings, finger plays and a craft for younger children. Older kids did "Reader's Theater" and more advanced crafts. The Mastodon Matrix was offered this year. Participants had the chance to "dig into" ancient soil separating plant life from shells, rocks and other organic matter.
"We have an Anime club (Japanese animation) for teens that started in the spring, ran all summer and will continue through the year," Kammer said. Children of all ages who enjoy legos are come on Thursdays to practice their building skills and try something new.
For each hour the child reads, they are given a used book of their choice, as well as a raffle ticket for a prize at the end of the program. The Library throws a party for the children at the conclusion, where a new book is presented to each child. The new books come through the First Book program and donations.
The following children participated this summer, at the Library. Those listed in the first paragraph were available for the picture.
Addie Davis, Alex Platt, Ben Scholl, Bozena Trushina, Casey Kaub, Chris Feely, Crosby Schaub, Deagan Gallaher, Eric Staskowski, Jillian Scholl, Kylie Gallaher, Natalia, Elizabeth Gropper, Lily Gropper, James Gropper, G.G. Morell, Addy Morell, Hailey Hopkins, Hannah Hopkins, Preston Ward, Rosa San Clementi, Sam Feely and Zaire- Rose Castimore.
Also participating but not available for the picture were: Aaliyah Martin, Beth Zauner, Carly McElroy, Erin Duncan, Ethan Corso, Heather Hubbard, Lauren Glauner, Marie, Mia Kaub, Mickey Gallaso, Morgan Augustine, Natalia Bartkow, Nathan Glouner, Nolan Glouner, Ben, Rebecca Dadig and Todd Zumpone.
Page 2 of 2 - Kammer was assisted this summer by Summer Erway.
Hawley Public Library is located at 103 Main Ave., Hawley. For more information call (570)226-4620.