This was my first summer as Library Assistant and being involved with the Youth Summer Reading Program. Undeniably, the Summer Reading Program (SRP) at the Lewistown Public Library was more than I ever imagined.
Even though staff had warned me of the high pace and energy that accompanied SRP, I honestly did not anticipate the level of patron participation and work load it generated. On the morning June 7; the first day of the SRP, kids were literally lined up outside the library prior to opening. These kiddos wanted to be first to sign up for the program and get started on their tasks.
This was a true sign of the times foreshadowing how the SRP would unfold as 350 local youth signed up to ‘Get In The Game’. With Dani Buehler in the lead, the Youth SRP was full of positive energy and new exciting activities. Not only could participants attend story times, complete scavenger hunts and activity sheets or read, programs engaged youth in fishing lessons, jump rope demonstration, guest author presentation, local musicians performing and a yoga and meditation exercise.
The greatest joy of this experience was seeing children attend programs in epic numbers and the appreciation they expressed to staff for having the SRP. I very much enjoyed my first SMP experience and it’s great success. It’s a wrap!