From its initial opening Splash party at the Riverside Park Splash Pad to the closing, celebratory ice cream social and a lot of reading and prizes in between, the Morgan County Library Summer Reading Program rocked! Over 1, 268 participants earned over 3,934 prizes during the three-month summer program.
Children’s Librarian and Summer Reading Program Director, Erin Bott shared, “I am so pleased with the success of the summer program. The goal is to get kids (and adults) excited about reading, and we had a lot of excited kids.”
“The look of excitement on their faces when they read and got to choose a prize is priceless,” she explained. “I loved the energy of the kickoff party at the splashpad and the great turnout at our end of the season ice cream party.”
The party on August 15 featured a performance and instrument “petting zoo” by the Morgan Valley Chamber Orchestra. After the performance, children were able to hold and try instruments under the direction of the orchestra members. “I played a viola,” one girl observed while another announced her plans to play the cello after inspecting the instrument.
After “rocking out” with the orchestra, participants were able to paint a commemorative rock in conjunction with the national summer reading program theme “Libraries Rock!” Children of all ages expressed their creativity as they decorated rocks of various shapes and sizes before headed over to create an ice cream sundae from the many options available.
Librarian Alisa Rose heard several mothers comment and express their gratitude for the summer program and how it motivated their children to read. “Our kids loved reading for prizes,” they shared with her.
“We are so grateful for our sponsors for the prizes,” Bott remarked. “We couldn’t have given away almost 4,000 prizes without them. Thank you so much to Parkside Lanes, Subway, Ridley’s, and Mane Attraction for donating prizes!”
“From start to finish, our readers rocked the library summer reading program!” Bott concluded. “But don’t stop reading because school is starting up again. We have a lot of fun programs continuing at the library.”
Story Hour will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11 am. Lego Club will move to 3:30 pm on Wednesdays with the school release times. A new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program will kick off in September on Thursdays. Follow the library on Instagram to stay current on all their activities. @morgancountylibrary
Upcoming special events at the library include Local Author Night with Emily Childs who writes as LJ Andrews. Andrews has 15 full length novels and is on the USA Today Bestselling List. On her Amazon Page she shares, “Fantasy is my first love, and most of my books will be set in worlds where readers can escape the day to day. I love my readers, I value their input, and I love to spoil them on my Facebook page and mailing lists.” Come to the Morgan County Library on Thursday, September 13 at 7 pm and meet this great local author!
On October 10, author of the Janitors Series, The Wishmakers and the new release, The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn, Tyler Whitesides will visit the Morgan County Library at 7 pm. Whitesides resides in Northern Utah and is a graduate of Utah State University.