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Richland Public Library ‘rocked’ all summer long

Aug 21, 2018
PHOTO SUBMITTED Isabelle Lamansky and Regina Brown have fun at a pool party sponsored by Davis and Sandy Eidahl at the Maharishi University of Management pool.

RICHLAND — Richland Public Library has been busy this summer with a reading program for children, plus programs for teens and adults.

“Libraries Rock,” this summer’s reading program for children, was led by Melody Anderson and Teresa Walters and included a wide range of weekly activities and reading challenges.

Highlights from this summer were stories, crafts and games; live animals from the Blank Park Zoo; a visit by Jefferson County Park naturalist Therese Cummiskey and her collection of rocks; a visit from Keokuk County 4-H, which involved lemon volcanoes and homemade ice cream; and a hands-on program by Dennis Kossow from Fairfield’s Sac & Fox Lapidary and Rock Club, featuring a variety of rocks, gems and minerals.

Plus, the library’s Lego Club members produced many projects, including those of Robert Brown and Sam Loper, both of whom won blue ribbons at the 2018 Greater Jefferson County Fair.

The goal of the annual summer reading program is to provide fun and educational activities for children and to increase literacy skills during the summer months. Reading logs were given to the children to encourage them to read. The more they read, the more prizes they earned.

Many sponsors and volunteers made the children’s program a success: Blank Park Zoo, Burger King, The Magic Mirror, Pizza Hut, Pizza Ranch, Taco John’s and all the parents, grandparents and caregivers who helped out at the various programs.

The teen program for students entering sixth- through 12th-grade was led by Gail Brown and Rachel Jenkins. Highlights included group games, life-size Clue, a book-based treasure hunt, a movie day and tie-dyeing T-shirts.

The teens ended the summer with a splash at the annual pool and pizza party sponsored by Davis and Sandy Eidahl.

Teens submitted one coupon for every library book they completed into a drawing. The winners received Hy-Vee gift coupons for a 12-inch single-topping pizza and one dozen cookies. Winners were: Tommy Jenkins, Kevin Linn, Katlyn Sinn, Stevanie Dunbar, Hollie Loper and Isabelle Lamansky.

Teens participating in the Reading Bingo contest had to read five books from specific formats and genres. This year’s Reading Bingo winners were: Kaleigh Adrian, who earned a $20 Barnes & Noble gift card; Andrea Hoy, who earned a $15 Barnes & Noble gift card; and Wyatt Jenkins, who earned a $10 Walmart gift card.

The most competitive of the teen contests was to see which teen could read the most pages in June and July. The winner was Kaleigh Adrian who read 4,523 pages. She received a $15 gift card from Walmart.

Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store and Davis and Sandy Eidahl were sponsors for the teen program.

Both adults and teens had the opportunity to earn coupons for each book they read. The coupons were entered into a drawing for prizes. The sponsors and winners were: Federation Bank donated a $25 gift card won by Julie McClure; Gas & Goodies donated two $10 gift certificates won by Alisa Tolle and Konnie Hartnell; Hy-Vee donated a variety of coupons for free 12-inch pizzas won by Marlin Derby, Mary Shirkey Bishop, Bonnie Adrian and Barb Withrow, free Deli sandwiches won by Marchel Dunbar, Leonard Andeway, Brenda Cox, Mary Brown and John Boughner, free two-entrée meals won by David Cox and Delisa Martin, and free Caribou drinks won by Aleta Mottet, Elaine Andeway, Colleen Kimble, Katie Phillips and Lisa Crabtree; Loriann’s donated a $20 gift certificate won by Dave Denly; US Bank donated a $25 gift card won by Michelle Smithburg; and Walmart donated a $25 gift card won by Judy Weber, a $15 gift card won by Karen Baker and a $10 gift card won by Luanne Archer.

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