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Summer Reading Program has record-breaking year

Sep 06, 2017

It was a record-breaking year for the Fairfield Public Library Summer Reading Program, with almost 300 children and teens taking part in the program, announced youth services librarian Afton Hallauer.

A mainstay of the library’s summer programming since the 1970s, the program encourages kids to read for fun over the summer months, keeping up their reading skills for when they return to school in the fall. Participants keep a log of their time spent reading and, after completing 10 hours, they return their completed log to the library for prizes, including a free book of their choice.

The library offered over 100 kids’ programs over the course of the 11-week program, according to Hallauer.

“The visit from Blank Park Zoo was by far the most popular,” she said. “I think we had over 400 people come by. Parents were waiting across the street, so there could be more room for the kids. Next year, we’ll have to have them visit us twice.”

Summer programs included a wide range of activities: building competitions, craft programs, and even a few library dance parties.

“The dance parties were really cool,” said Hallauer. “Rustin [Lippincott] brought over all the lights and sound equipment. We couldn’t offer the programs we do without the support we get from this community. That’s what really makes it possible for us to offer so many different programs. Like the Read-To-Me program we had every Wednesday; Doris Slocombe was really the driving force behind that program. She’s amazing.”

The library also started a new teen program, “Board to Death,” a board/video game club that meets at 4 p.m. every Tuesday in the library meeting room.

“I knew we really needed to offer more for teens and older kids,” Hallauer explained, “and this summer just seemed like the right time to take the leap.”

The Board to Death program will continue to be a regular part of the library’s weekly programming year-round.

For information, contact Hallauer by calling the Fairfield Public Library at 472-6551 Ext. 14.

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