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Summer reading program draws 275 kids, some prizewinners


August 2, 2016

LIBRARY MANAGER Rose Peda addresses the crowd of summer readers at the July 27 awards ceremony, held on closed-off 13th Avenue.

Participation in the Sweet Home Public Library’s summer reading program was up this year.

Library Manager Rose Peda isn’t exactly sure why, but it’s possible that multiple levels of outreach resulted in total of 275 youngsters who participated.

“(I went to ) school librarians and asked them if they could get the word out,” Peda said.

Friends of the Library members went around town and through neighborhoods, she added.

Of course, the prizes, performances and activities probably helped too.

Pizza, ice cream, and Oregon State Fair tickets were among the goodies the library was able to give away on its awards day Wednesday, July 27, thanks to donations.

“I like to reward children for reading,” Peda said.

Volunteer Iletta Hopper shares that sentiment.

“They know they worked hard for that prize,” Hopper said.

A crowd gathered in front of the library for the final award ceremony on July 27.

“I see a lot of the kids (whose) logs I’ve been checking off all summer,” Hopper said.

The program was open to children up to 18 years old. They colored in time reading or tasks accomplished on sheets to track their progress. One of the younger readers Hopper helped was not confident in his coloring skills.

“I said, ‘do you know how to scribble?,’” Hopper said, laughing. And with that encouragement, he tracked his time.

This was the second year Gabriel Majors, 7, participated in the program.

“It got him from kindergarten to first grade,” said his father, Allen Majors.

This year, it also got him a new bike.

“It’s awesome,” Gabriel said.

Parental involvement is one of the keys to the program, Peda said.

At least one family had three generations represented at the event. Rochelle Smith came with her daughter Angie Browning, who recently moved to Sweet Home from Florida. Browning brought her children Isabelle, 14, Thomas, 12, Mia, 11, Camila, 7, and Christian, 5.

Shelley Garrett, mother of Chet, 10, Zane, 8, Reid, 6, and Lily, 4, said they all enjoyed listening to the audio books of the A to Z Mysteries series.

The audio books are especially good for car trips, she said.

Individually, the Garrett children chose different types of books.

Lily said her favorite books are “Fancy Nancy.”

“She always goes in the library and picks all the pink books,” Garrett said.

ZANE GARRETT, 8, decides on a book bag with help from librarian Sandy Leonard.

Zane is hooked on the “Magic Tree House” series and Chet favors “Geronimo Stilton,” a graphic novel series that also comes in audio book form.

“We love the summer reading program,” Garrett said. “It’s really nice of them to put it on.”

Peda said she believes this was one of the best summer reading programs they have had.

“The difference was the level of participation with the children and the enthusiasm to get more books and check them out.”


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