Summer Reading Award Day is Stellar


“Be awesome! Be a book nut!” -Dr. Suess



“Be awesome! Be a book nut!” -Dr. Suess



   To many kids, summer reading programs provide an initiative to read. Jefferson County Public Libraries reading program from last year, One World, Many Stories, brought in a total of 20,000 children readers, and 4,000 of them at Stanley Lake Library in Arvada. Every year, Jefferson County Public Libraries hold  a summer reading program from June 1st to July 31st. A librarian at Stanley Lake Library says that they get their programs from the national summer reading programs. That way, they get free decorations for their library, all designed by artist Brian Lies.



    The initiatives such as Lakeside tickets, Bowling Passes, and Heritage Square coupons are all donated, but the one free book that children get to pick out once  they read 8 hours, are not.  Barbara, the head of the children's center at Stanley Lake for 18 years says, "We get the money for the books from the Whale of a Book Sales throughout the year." When picking the books out that kids get to take home, the librarians usually pick out the books that are popular in kids, or that have won awards such as the Newberry and Caldecott medal. "We were surprised at the variety (of the books)," said a volunteer working in the book room.



    This year's reading program, Dream Big… Read! brought in a lot of readers also. Stanley Lake's Book Award day was July 28th, and it was filled with a lot of games, crafts, and books! A girl named Shelby, age 2, and her mother enjoyed the crafts while Delaney, age 6, and her mother enjoyed the games. Delaney had read 16 hours throughout the program and told me that her favorite book was Francis' Fashion Frenzy. Try saying that 5 times fast!



    The librarians already know what next year's theme for their summer reading program will be. Try and take a guess! They are hopeful that next year will be as great as this year's summer reading program was. Barbara said that the kids are the most readers in their program. Let's keep it that way!!!