Summer Reading Program
This summer has been like no other – where safety and well-being were top priorities. The Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Program aimed to support community safety while also celebrating the joys of reading, creating, and exploring. Thank you to the 1,024 kids, youth, teens, and adults who participated in the reading program.
Kids ages 14 years and younger read and logged 399,736 minutes or 6,662 hours. And youth in sixth through eighth grades completed 1,360 reading related challenges. Kids received fun rewards for their efforts which were funded by the Friends of the Arcadia Public Library.
The Arcadia Fire Department helped the Library kick off its summer festivities by providing a virtual tour of Fire Station 105 as well as coloring books, crayons, and foldable fire trucks that were distributed in the Library’s Summer Safety StoryCraft packets. The Library also distributed 987 Wonders of the World Discovery Packets and 705 Funololgy Kits to families in June and July. There was a virtual puppet show, an in-person family drawing party with Young Rembrandts, and the Kids Support Group hosted a four-part mindfulness program for kids. Most of these programs were supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
The adults in our community read an enormous 78,000 minutes or 1300 hours this summer, nearly doubling amount of time from last summer! Our 87 adult participants showed a variety of reading interests from historical fiction, thrillers, & science fiction, to self-care & the arts. Participants used tickets to enter the raffles for one of the three grand prizes: a Kindle Fire 7, Bluetooth earbuds, & a craft kit bundle.
Arcadia Teens answered the summer reading challenge with lots of enthusiasm! Teens, 9th-12th grade, read 47,922 minutes and wrote 141 book reviews. Their book selections varied from required summer reading to Manga and dystopian novels. Weekly raffles kept the teens engaged. Additionally, two teens won the grand prize raffle. One teen won a drone and the other a Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Camera.
In theme with Reading Colors our World, a teen Bad Art contest was held over the summer. The best of the bad were reviewed by staff, with Leslie L. winning the Baddest Art Award, along with a $50 gift card.
Library staff hope that you enjoyed the summer festivities and look forward to planning another fun reading program in 2022!
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