By TERRI RITTER
Public Relations Coordinator, North Webster Public Library
The stats are in from this summer’s youth Summer Reading Program. There were 392 children and teens registered with a total of 5,305 hours of reading completed. Studies show that youngsters who read throughout the summer are better equipped to start school in the fall, so these kids should start the school year well prepared.
Top readers in the children’s Reading Club were Marcus Ervin with 110 hours of reading and Shay Crites with 106 hours. Reading 75 hours were Ana Umanzor, Abigail Umanzor, Tony Umanzor, Noah Swain, Elise Swain, Jon Swain, and Kaya Dyer. In the Teen Reading Club, top readers were Isabella Umanzor with 230 hours, Carrie Barth with 160 hours, Mary McCleese with 150 hours, and Laurana Perry with 145 hours.
Although Summer Reading is over, the teens will want to return to the library 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, for Teen Time. Youth in grades three through 12 will have a sweet time making ice cream floats. Teen Time meets the third Thursday each month with a variety of fun activities just for teens.
Do you have an interesting story to tell about a special dinner you attended or hosted? Write it down and share it at Writer’s Corner 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17. That is the writing assignment for this month’s meeting. You don’t have to be an accomplished writer to be part of this monthly group — just someone who enjoys writing or wants to learn how. Every month, we write about a different topic and share what we have written. We don’t critique grammar or spelling, but focus on expressing ideas in writing.
Read, Eat And Discuss Book Club also meets on Monday, Aug. 17. At 5:30 p.m., we will discuss “Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind” by Ann B. Ross. It’s an entertaining tale of a rich southern widow whose life is turned upside down with the appearance of her late husband’s illegitimate 9-year-old son. September’s book will be “The Bone Garden” by Tess Gerritsen, a thriller about a new homeowner who makes a horrifying discovery that leads back to 1830 and the illicit cadaver trade. Stop by the Circulation Desk to reserve your copy and join the lively discussion.
Don’t forget the Friends of the Library Barn Dance 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, in the North Webster Community Center. Bring the family and enjoy a fun evening of square dancing and refreshments. If you don’t know how to square dance, caller Jerry Davidson will teach you how. Tickets are available at the door and cost $5 per individual or $12 per family. Proceeds go to support the work of the library.