After nearly two months of devoted reading, the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library celebrated the end if its summer reading program for preschool and elementary age children on August 4.
“Some of these kids have worked really hard this summer, especially with the reading to dogs program,” said Diane Blakemore, event assistant at the library.
Over the course of the summer, kids who participated in the program filled out reading logs that documented what books they had read and how many hours they spent on each book. According to Blakemore more than 100 kids participated in the summer reading program.
Before the award ceremony, Blakemore read a book titled “The Library” to the students that featured Elmo and stressed the importance of libraries and frequent library visits.
The kids were rewarded for their reading efforts with both a certificate and medal.
After the award ceremony, the students created individual bags with their names on them that they used to hold prizes they received according to how many hours of reading they had completed. Each student that completed a reading log received an assortment of craft supplies and a book to keep. The student that read the most hours over the summer also were allowed to select larger items as prizes.
Marissa Nixon received the award for most hours read.
In addition to the summer reading program certificates and medals, Anne Standen handed out certificates to kids that participated in the reading to dogs program at the library. The reading to dogs program will continue throughout the year.
At the end of the event, the students ate light refreshments.
Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.