Yes, I know, Summer Reading Program is over, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t share a little bit of information about how you did these past two months! More than 21,300 children, teens and adults participated in the annual Summer Reading Program. They logged their reading online, attended programs, and collected virtual badges. Those who completed their goals were rewarded with some fun prizes, including tickets to attend a Storm Chasers game at Werner Park. On August 3, the Storm Chasers officially recognized Omaha Public Library as the community organization of the game and interviewed our executive director Gary Wasdin on the big screen. He even got to throw out the first pitch. See more photos from the game here.
Prizes and recognition are nice, but we are most pleased when kids return to school in the fall ready to learn because their minds were active throughout the summer with great books, and entertaining and educational programs. None of that would be possible without the commitment from young summer readers and their caregivers who helped them log their reading time and faithfully carted them around the city from one event to the next. I was so pleased to see familiar faces traveling from branch to branch and even out and about!
Thanks are also due to library staff who worked to develop a Summer Reading Program that all would enjoy, and the many sponsors who contributed financially and in-kind, especially Cox Communications, SRP’s presenting sponsor.