Summer Reading Program a Success

Reading was big in Sierra Madre this summer, as 377 children, 48 teens and more than 90 adults signed up for the Sierra Madre Public Library’s popular annual Summer Reading Program, “Dream Big, Read”!

Children earned books as reading rewards along with small toys. Adults taking part in the summer reading program won gift cards to Vroman’s, Bean Town, Mother Moo, Barnes and Noble, Wildflour, and Village Pizzeria. Donna Singer was the winner of the grand prize, a Kindle Fire eReader. Ninety-five adults entered the drawing this summer. Prizes were funded by the Friends of the Library.

Children, who read 35 hours or more in the Challenger Division, and their families, were treated to a pool party and awards ceremony at the Sierra Madre Pool on a very warm Saturday, Sept. 8. The Challenger division was underwritten by the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club.

The 57 teen volunteers who helped log hours, award prizes, clean toys and assist with other projects throughout the program were treated to a pizza party at the Library on Friday, Sept. 7. Local teens donated a whopping total of 809 volunteer hours over the summer.

Four family-friendly performers highlighted the summer - The Rainbow Fish on June 25, the Franklin Haynes Marionettes on July 9, the Ukulady on July 23 and the Wildlife Company on August 6. Attendance averaged 140 and the shows were wildly popular with the mostly preschoolers and their caregivers. The summer performers were funded by the Sierra Madre Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Friends of the Library.

Summer Reading started on June 18 and ran for eight weeks through August 11. Next year’s theme is “Reading is Delicious.” Hope you join us!

Challenger Swim Party 2012