My SRP 2014 – July 28

Believe it or not, we’ve reached our final week of Summer Reading Program (SRP)! Did you make your goals? If not, there’s still time! Don’t forget to log your reading time and claim badges online to receive prizes or be entered into drawings. As an OPL employee, I’m not eligible for prizes, but I did learn last week that there will be some sort of incentive for staff (not sure what), so I went in and claimed a bunch of badges that I forgot to do during my summer reading adventures.

As a system, Omaha Public Library set a goal of at least 20,000 participants in this year’s program. I’m happy to report that we have hit that number and aren’t even done yet. In celebration of achieving SRP goals, staff at many locations made promises to their summer readers to complete their own challenge. The first of these took place last Saturday at Benson Branch. Select staff, including Executive Director Gary Wasdin, agreed to “catch fire.” Teachers from Northwest High School helped to safely facilitate this activity and emphasized that this should not be attempted at home! More photos from the event can be found on OPL’s Flickr page.

Catching FireDSC_0182OPL Executive Director Gary WasdinYouth services librarian Nancy Chmiel

Join us for more challenges this week! On Wedesday, July 30, Saddlebrook Branch staff will be pied in the face by summer readers at 10:30 a.m., while readers at Abrahams Branch will witness an epic “Just Dance” battle between the boss (Gary Wasdin) and a member of the staff. On Thursday, there will be a party at Main Library with a fun bubble activity, and storytime picnic at Elkhorn Branch. So many fun things to do and great weather to boot!


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