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Summer Reading Program Recap

Highlights from Robey Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Program

“Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Program (SRP) 2015 at Robey Memorial Library comes to an end. Family Night held Monday, July 6th, was the kick-off of the SRP. Opening the program was our favorite story lady, Sue Kiesau and her beloved puppets, including Bernie and Peanut Butter. Sue is a local legend with our young patrons and they are always excited to hear her read.  A special highlight of the evening was a Super Hero Training Camp, set up around the library for our attendees to challenge their skills. Activities were Balancing Act; Decoding Skills; Laser Beam Obstacle Course; Bomb Disposal; Villain Bowling; Villain Window Toss; Kryptonite Disposal; and Library Friends Rescue. Once the children completed all activities they received a prize by punching through the paper cover of the Punch Board. Family Night was also the start of the registration for the 4-Week Reading Challenge.

The 4-Week Reading Challenge ran from July 6th – August 1st.  All were encouraged to read at their own pace and at their own reading level. Prizes were given for each week of participation. “Library Champion” signs were given to children to display at their homes; you may have seen these around town.

Six participants of the Teen Summer Reading Challenge read a total of 70 hours, with the top reader being Madelyn Marti. 

As in other years the Kid’s Reading Challenge was divided into three categories of readers. Category 1: Infant – Kindergarten; Category 2: First grade – Third grade; [These two categories counted the number of books read.] Category 3: Fourth grade – Sixth grade [This category counted the number of pages read.]

In the 4 weeks of the program 66 participants read a total of 2,180 books (category 1 & 2) and 15,856 pages (category 3). Top 3 readers in each category are as follows:

Category 1: Lily Roffman [324 books]; Kinley Krenzke [300 books]; Thomas Wilkes [134 books].

Category 2: Mallory Berns [65 books]; Aaron Burke [54 books]; Adele Conway and Breckin Stewart [49 books].

Category 3: Ashlyn Johnson[5,672 pages]; Alivia Bahr [2,426 pages]; Ryan Vandervelden [2,232 pages].

Again this year Experience Prizes were a fun part of the SRP. Private tours were given by local businesses, organization, and city departments to our top readers along with their family/friends, giving the kids added incentive to read. Experience Prizes were donated by Quillin’s Bakery (including cupcake decorating); KNEI Radio (including an opportunity to talk on the radio); WW Homestead Dairy (including free ice cream cone); Bruening Rock Products; Allamakee County Museum; Waukon Fire Department (including a ride on a fire truck); and Waukon Police Department vehicle (including a ride through the city park). Winners of the Experience Prizes were Madelyn Marti (teen), Lily Roffman, Kinley Krenzke, Mallory Berns, Aaron Burke, Ashlyn Johnson, Alivia Bahr.

Teen’s and Kid’s Make and Take was held each Wednesday afternoon during the SRP. A total of 75 children/16 teens participated in our craft projects. Weekly crafts for the kids were Springy Super Hero, Marshmallow Shooter, Magnetic Jar and Spinning Top. Projects for the teens were Flextangles, Make-Your-Own Comic Book, Comic Book Magnets.

During the SRP a Photo Booth was available to our patrons along with super hero props. Many fun photos were taken throughout the four weeks.

Tuesday Story Time continued each Tuesday morning from 10:30 – 11:00am with a total of 259 in attendance through the summer. Our volunteer readers were Erica Nosbisch (NICC), Ross Geerdes (Allamakee Co. Conservation), Cindy Curtin (NICC), Sue Kiesau, Emily Miller (Alternate Dairy Princes), Katie Fahey (St. Pat’s Principle) and library staff.

Robey Memorial Library participated in the Allamakee County Fair Kid’s Day on Friday, July 17th. To promote the “Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Program theme the kids made Super Hero Bookmarks.  Robey Memorial also hosted the open house program Snakes Alive featuring Tom Kessenich, Herpetologist of Blanchardville, WI from 1-3pm. Tom shared  a fascinating and educational look at reptiles, featuring live snakes, an alligator and more.

Also Wednesday, July 15th through Sunday, July 19th Robey Memorial Library (RML) Foundation and Board Trustees, and library staff were available at a booth in the Pavilion providing information and answering questions regarding the library collection, services, etc. Visitors were encouraged to sign up for our daily drawings for free books, use our photo booth featuring super hero props, add to our comic strip, and kids could decorate a super hero mask.

A special mention is being made for our business sponsors who have supported this year’s program; Hardees (food certificates), ProBuild (lathe and the loan of 2x4 and 2x6) and the Experience Prize contributors (mentioned above). Thank you for making our summer of reading great!

Ellen Krousie, SRP Coordinator attended a State Library sponsored workshop last fall in preparation for the Summer Reading Program.

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