The Union Recorder

July 24, 2013

Digging into the shelves

Mary Vinson Memorial Library holds big VRC finale

Shawn Humphrey
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Mary Vinson Memorial Library recently completed its 2013 Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens and adults, and was pleased with the success in each level.

Each summer, the library hosts themed programs that last all summer long and allow people of all ages to read books in order to earn prizes.

With a total of 1,412 signups and more than 14,400 books read, this year’s clubs were big hits.

The library has three separate programs for children, teenagers and adults.

Each group has a specific amount of books that must be read in order to receive prizes, as well as enter for a grand prize.

This summer’s themes focused on digging and things below the earth’s surface.

In the children’s program, “Dig Into Reading,” the younger kids were able to read 25 picture books for a small level of prizes, and 50 picture books for entry into a drawing for the grand prize — a party for 16 at The Fun! Factory.

Older kids at higher reading levels, however, were required to read 10 chapter books for the small prizes, and 20 chapter books to be entered into the same drawing for a party at The Fun! Factory.

The teens’ program, “Beneath the Surface,” required the teens to read four chapter books at their specific reading level for a small set of prizes, and eight chapter books to be entered into a grand prize drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite.

In the adult program, “Ground Breaking Reads,” participants read 10 chapter books, and were also entered into a separate drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite.

All books read could either be checked out at Mary Vinson Library, or checked out online through the library’s E-books system.

The library held events and activities, especially for the children’s program, weekly throughout the summer that were all related to this year’s theme.

These included magicians, musicals, movies and arts and crafts for the kids, as well as movies and parties for teens and adults.

Sue York, in her first summer as the library’s youth service coordinator, was pleased with the success of these programs this summer, and feels rewarded to have been a part of it. She was extremely thankful for everyone involved that made these programs possible.

“This wouldn’t have been possible without our sponsors, so we are very grateful for them,” York said.

Major sponsors included The Rotary Club of Milledgeville, Exchange Bank and Clark Brothers Plumbing, who all provided funds and decorations.

Other sponsors also provided prizes that were given to the readers.

Twin Lakes Library System Outreach Coordinator Sarah Hamil has also been a major part of the programs’ success, and was also very passionate about her work.

“These programs give children and the community an incentive to read during the summer,” Hamil said. “We want kids to know that reading is not just about getting a grade, but about enjoying the places it can take you.”

Both Hamil and York were pleased with this summer’s turnout, and saw a large amount of returning readers from last year, as well as many new participants.

Next year’s theme will be all about science and chemistry, and will include activities and entertainers all based around science experiments.

Everyone involved hopes that next year will bring in even more readers than this year and allow the library to continue to connect with the community.

“The community has always responded to us with open arms, and we hope to return the favor by providing these programs,” Hamil said.

To find out how to get involved with summer reading clubs, contact Hamil at 478-452-0677 ext. 20.

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