My SRP 2013 – Wrap up!

Summer Reading Program officially ended on July 31, and like the worst kind of procrastinator, I had a lot of activities and reading to pack into the last three days of the program.

You may recall I was reading my way through And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. I didn’t quite get through it in the time allowed, but there was a waiting list so I couldn’t renew the item. Needless to say, I got cracking on it and only ended up with a 75 cent fine. My apologies to anyone waiting for the book – it’s now back in circulation. Having read Hosseini’s other novels, I was looking forward to reading this most recent release. I wasn’t disappointed. While there were multiple storylines to follow, they were all woven together beautifully. Most of us have heard that time heals all wounds, but what I enjoyed most about this novel was that it really didn’t. The intensity eased over time, but the feelings remained through the passage of time, which seems a little more realistic to me .

On Monday, July 29, I attended Zumba with Tiba at Charles B. Washington Branch. I was a little wary when there were only two people at the beginning, but the room quickly filled up and I could barely find a corner to tuck myself into in order to take photos. I truly had no idea that so much fun was possible at the Library. These ladies knew how to move – and they did it with smiles. I almost ditched my camera to join the fun – but just tapped my toes along with the beat and captured these images for you!

Zumba with Tiba at Charles B. Washington Library

Tuesday, July 30, landed me at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch for Graffiti @ the Library. I wasn’t sure what to expect – but it turned out to be another sidewalk chalk program. No worries – a good time was had by all and I got to witness a bunch of new creations and a lot of teamwork!

Graffiti at Omaha Public Library

Saddlebrook Branch celebrated the end of Summer Reading Program with a finale party where library, school and community center staff faced the daunting task of riding the mechanical bull – and when they were done, others in attendance also had the opportunity to take on the challenge. OPL Executive Director Gary Wasdin was the first to go and was kicked off the bull after 11 seconds! Thanks so much to our friends at Ak-Sar-Ben’s River City Rodeo and Stock Show for helping make it such a special day.

Gary Wasdin at Saddlebrook Branch

Finally, the last program I attended was Dinosaur Crafts at Milton R. Abrahams Branch. A couple dozen kids arrived ready to dig into dinosaur crafts by making fossilized footprints, puppets and coloring pages. While working, library specialist Aura Sewell tested their knowledge of dinosaurs and shared some fun facts. I took several pictures of this event as well, but I think my favorite picture of the day is one shared with me by one of our young artists. It now “graces” the bulletin board in my office.

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Thank you for following me on this Summer Reading Program journey. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! Check out photos from all of the events I mentioned above and more on the OPL Flickr site. Hope we can do this again next summer! 🙂

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