A wonderful year for Summer Reading with 670 children and teens reading over 9,354 hours! Our participation levels are in the 80%+ range for all reading levels, which far surpasses the 30% percentage acknowledged to be the barometer for a successful program. We are proud of all the students who participated and we look forward to next year! In that vein, please remember you may be clearing out toys that would be popular in our store, so keep us in mind. Feel free to phone the Children’s Room and ask if we are in need of something you may be disposing of – items that are always needed are “gently loved” Beanie Babies or Beanie Boos, jewelry, small cars and trucks, tote bags, ceramic figures. Thank you!
Thanks to a generous grant from a family foundation, we upped our collaboration with area summer camps, allowing children participating in the camp at Stonington Human Services to shop weekly for rewards right at camp. The COMO summer campers visited us here at the Library and we provided performers at both locations.
We tried out the annual Children’s Opera at the High School on
July 15. It was a wonderful performance of Fairy Tale Kitchen by the Lollipop Opera and the auditorium was beautifully air-conditioned on a cloudy, humid day. Many thanks to the opera buff who made this opportunity possible.
The Read and Feed program contributed over 520 food items to our community food bank at the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center this summer. Weekly Specials helped ensure that the PNC received needed items, while the children enjoyed the chance to earn double rewards! This is an excellent opportunity for students to help others in their community.
We are grateful to all the businesses and families who contributed to our program and helped make this summer a resounding success!
So many happy faces all summer!