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Summer reading program deemed successful

Aug 17, 2023 10:56AM ● By Verlene Johnson

The Morgan County Library Summer Reading Program has arguably been the best incentive to keep the community reading throughout the summer and this summer was no different. With 1,200 people signing up for the program, 2,679 prizes were given, but most importantly 321,480 minutes were read by participants during June and July.

“We love our Summer Reading Program,” said Erin Bott Director of the Morgan County Library. “Reading throughout the summer is essential in helping kids avoid loss of skill while school is out—the dreaded “summer slide. But, it is also a perfect time to read for pleasure. The Summer Reading program is a great incentive for patrons of all ages to pick up a book and discover, or rediscover, a love of reading.” 

Destiny Field, a mother of an eight-year-old said, “It is working! My son enjoyed the summer reading program and its incentives. 

One father stated that his son who is autistic reads aloud every night and this has been really good for him.

Another parent commented, “It has helped create a great habit.”

Some other comments that were made to the librarians were, “My kids probably wouldn't read without this program.” “It helps entertain us.” “You are making it fun to read.”

In addition to the reading program, 45 Library Programs were hosted during June & July, the Summer Reading months with 2,844 patrons attending these programs.

On Wednesday, July 26, the library held its closing social for the summer reading program. Patrons were invited to come to meet some of their local sheriffs, EMTs and firefighters. They were also able to make a craft and cool off with a snowcone.

“We really appreciate the support we get from our patrons, and we welcome the opportunity to serve the community that we love!” exclaimed Bott.λ

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