Fizz Boom Read is for kids K5 - 5th grades. They have read 33414 pages and 1017 books.
Spark a Reaction is for 6th - 12th grades. They have read 242 books.
Literary Elements is for Adults. They have read 206 books.
I am so glad we invested in the online summer reading program for registering and logging books. We can now be more exact in our numbers for the program instead of estimating (or underestimating) what was actually read. Everyone has done a great job.
Our Wednesday programs have been a lot of fun. From balloons to bubbles to science to snakes it has been fun and we have learned a lot. We have two more programs for this age group: Blazer's Animals and our Skills Challenge for a chest of prizes.
On Thursday's we were a bit more hands on with our programs. We have built rockets, created art, built a catapult and had a LEGO day. Next week will be one more hands on craft and then the pizza party. Next year I will bring in a couple of outside programs to supplement what we are doing.
Random thoughts time. This has been an interesting summer here at the library. Our self check out quietly went out and then the next week our entire internet and phone system went down. To say it was a stressful time would be a bit of an understatement. We still don't have our self check but it is ordered. Our internet was restored after about 5 days and our phones after a week. So things returned almost to normal.
When people come in and ask how our summer is the answer that comes to mind is stressful; then I think challenging may be a more positive response.
I was sitting in my office today and heard some patrons talking and laughing together (that made me smile), Then I heard a young boy being tutored and he successfully read a challenging section and his joy and the praise of his tutor made me smile. I love that our city provides a space where people are welcome to come in and spend time with friends and chat and laugh. I love that teachers feel welcome to use our space and tutor students to be better prepared when school starts. I love to see kids excited about reading and learning about earning rewards and deciding whether to spend them right away or save them for the bigger prize.
So the next time I am asked how the summer is going I believe my response will be: Rewarding!