Off the Shelf: The Final Week of Summer Reading

By Sharon Saye on July 19, 2017 from Off the Shelf via

It is hard to believe that our Summer Reading Program will be over this week.  With over 250 participants (children, adults and teens), the library has been very busy.  The theme was “Once Upon a Time” emphasizing American History and its diversity.  So from the beginning with the WVSSAR demonstrating their muskets in our parking lot to the mad romp led by Artie and Eileen Frank dancing to the Charleston up to last week’s Dewey Dojo, karate demonstration, our participants have enjoyed themselves. 
Especially popular were two programs, Harriet Tubman provided by History Alive, and our own local talent, Anthony Douglas on his drums and Annie Neeley singing.  And, of course, we can’t complain about the stacks of books that were checked out as part of the program.  The concluding event is scheduled for July 20th: the Finale Block Party has refreshments, and prizes and begins at 6:00 p.m.
Programs don’t stop in July.  Our regular reading groups continue in August as well as our Friday, Story Hour.  The library will be closed on August 3rd for staff training.  Staff members will be learning about the new services provided on the digital bookmobile including maker spaces as well as updates on our electronic services and news about the latest from West Virginia’s many authors.  Monthly schedules of our programs are available at the library and online.
One question keeps getting asked.  The annual book sale is scheduled for October 2nd through the 7th in the library conference room.  The hours are 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.  We will gladly accept donations in the weeks before the book sale.  So please mark your calendars.
Just remember that the purpose of the summer reading program is not only to encourage reading, but to also maintain it during the off-school months.  So please don’t see the dates of the program as a limitation, reading should occur all year long not just during the summer months

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