Staff Picks: Best of 2018

What a great year it has been for YPL! Our expansion was approved by the Town Council, we added over 500 new members, and circulated over 76,000 materials! A number of those materials were checked out by library staff, because we love using the library too.

Below is a compilation of our Top 5 picks of the year–what we read, what we played, what we watched, and what we loved.

Our Top 5 Picks of 2018

The content on these lists is what we consumed this year; it does not mean the material was new in 2018. Everything on these lists is available at the library. Click a title see the catalog page!


 


1Monica’s Top 5

  1. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  3. Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman
  4. Detroit: Become Human – PS4 Video Game
  5. The Shape of Water – Movie

 

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Lauren’s Top 5

  1. The Magicians – TV Series
  2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  4. Frostblood – series by Elly Blake
  5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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Katie’s Top 5

  1. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  2. Circe by Madeline Miller
  3. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
  4. Hunger by Roxane Gay
  5. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

 

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Courtney’s Top 5

  1. Cardcaptor Sakura – Manga
  2. My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness – Manga
  3. Tales of Zestiria – Video Game
  4. The World Ends with You – Video Game
  5. The Adventure Zone: Here There be Gerblins – Graphic Novel

 

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Becky’s Top 5

  1. Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden
  2. My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
  3. The Last Hours by Minette Walters
  4. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
  5. The Romanov Empress by C.W. Gortner

 

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Beth’s Top 5

  1. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  2. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  3. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  4. A Dog’s Way Home by Bruce Cameron
  5. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

 

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Laurie’s Top 5

  1. Hotspot – Internet Access Device
  2. Get Out – Movie
  3. Lady Bird – Movie
  4. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  5. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

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Heather’s Top 5

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  2. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  3. The Stand by Stephen King
  4. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
  5. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Movie

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Liz’s Top 5

  1. Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosocka
  2. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  3. Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel
  4. Mercy Watson – Series by Kate Dicamillo
  5. It by Stephen King

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Paxtyn’s Top 5

  1. Venom – Movie
  2. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman
  3. The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins – Graphic Novel
  4. The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way
  5. The Disaster Artist – Movie

We hope you enjoyed the variety of these lists and found something new to read, play, or watch.

Thank you for making 2018 the library’s best year yet!

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Here’s to an even better 2019!

Happy New Year!

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Family Fun @ Your Library: One Book/One Community

The library is happy to announce that we recently received a $1000 grant from the Town of Yorktown Endowment Grant through the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County. 

This money will be used to fund a new project called Family Fun @ Your Library.

 

One Book / One Community Family Read

Nothing brings people together like the love of a great book, and we’re bringing that feeling to our entire community for our first Family Fun @ Your Library program, One Book/One Community. Join us in reading The One and Only Ivan this fall.

Read a description of this award-winning book below, followed by all the details you’ll need to participate.

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Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Timesbestseller!

This stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point of view of Ivan himself.

Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

The One and Only Ivan was hailed as a best book of the year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Amazon, demonstrating it is a true classic in the making.

In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope. An author’s note depicts the differences between the fictional story and true events. –Harper Collins Publishers

 

Registration

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Registration for One Book/One Community will begin on August 20 and run through August 31.

During that time, families can sign up for the program and reserve their book. Books will be available for pick up the week of September 10.

Book Discussion Night

Join us at the library on October 17th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, where will we come together as a community to discuss the book over food, activities, crafts, and surprises!

We hope to see you and your families there!

Laurie’s Pick: Homegoing

It is a librarians eternal task to answer the question, “What should I read next?” The librarians here at Y.P.L. are attempting to answer that question with our Staff Picks series. Each entry will include a different recommendation from a staff member.

Today’s Staff Pick is brought to you by Laurie Hogue, our Assistant Director!

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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I’m recommending this book because…

Homegoing is a debut novel by Yaa Gyasi that left me wanting more. This novel is a multi-generational tale that takes the reader through the harrowing existence of two half-sisters who were born in Ghana in the 18th century through eight generations, leading to present day.

The introductory characters are Effia and Esi, whose paths do not cross and they are completely unaware of one another. as they live in different villages. The lives of the sisters end up very different, setting a trajectory for the many generations to come.

“What I know now, my son: Evil begets evil. It grows. It transmutes, so that sometimes you cannot see that the evil in the world began as the evil in your own home. I’m sorry you have suffered. I’m sorry for the way your suffering casts a shadow over your life, over the woman you have yet to marry, the children you have yet to have.” – Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing

The reader is not at all sheltered from the horrors endured, this is a story full of heartache and unimaginable circumstance, strength and endurance; it is beautifully written and has rich and developed characters despite the manageable size. Although I felt completely emotionally spent when it was through, this story and the characters have stuck with me, and probably always will.


 

Interested in reading Homegoing?

Download the eBook.

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Listen to the audio book.

Monica’s Pick: The Rules of Magic

It is a librarians eternal task to answer the question, “What should I read next?” The librarians here at Y.P.L. are attempting to answer that question with our Staff Picks series. Each entry will include a different recommendation from a staff member.

Today’s Staff Pick is brought to you by me, Monica Thomas, Y.P.L. Technology Coordinator!

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

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I’m recommending this book because…

Honesty time: I had no idea that one of my favorite movies, Practical Magic, was based on a book. When the news dropped that a prequel to Practical Magic was being released, I knew I had two books to add to my list!

I read Practical Magic first, and I enjoyed it, but it was a little forgettable. You definitely don’t need to read Practical Magic to enjoy and understand The Rules of Magic. (But if you’re like me, you probably will anyway.) The Aunts, who were one of the best parts about the movie, are barely in the first book, and not at all the eccentric, fun characters I remembered and adored.

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Aunt Jet and Aunt Frances mixing up some midnight margaritas in Practical Magic (1998), a scene tragically not found in the book!

To my delight, The Rules of Magic is all about Aunt Frances and Aunt Jet (for most of the book, just Frances and Jet) as they grow up in 1960s New York City, developing their powers. The story is beautiful, tragic, and remarkably human. Yes, they’re witches, but The Rules of Magic is about so much more than curses, herbs, and superstition. At its heart, it’s a story of family, relationships, and the heartache that shapes us into who we are.

“I’m fated to lose everyone I ever love,” April said. “I already know that.”
“Of course you are,” Jet responded in her calm, measured tone. “That’s what it means to be alive.”
― Alice Hoffman, The Rules of Magic

The story spans several decades against the backdrop of real events like the Stonewall riots and the Vietnam War, and ends where Practical Magic begins. By the time I closed the back cover, I felt like I really knew these characters, like I had been through a lot with them. It was one of those books I was sad to finish, because even though I followed these characters from adolescence to old age, I just didn’t want it to end!

I adore the Frances and Jet I got to know in this book more than their Practical Magic movie versions, because they are real, fleshed-out women instead of just the eccentric, powerful aunts of Sally and Gillian. It’s a book I will revisit many more times over the years.

(Although, the midnight margarita scene will always be headcanon. I can’t help it.)


 

Interested in reading The Rules of Magic? Click one of the options below:

Check the availability of our physical copy.

Check the availability of our eBook copy.

 

How to Download eBooks with Overdrive

“How do I download eBooks?”

It’s a question we’re asked often, and for good reason! eBooks are convenient, more portable than physical copies, and with your library card, they’re totally free! (Not to mention, they’re perfect for getting in those Summer Reading hours on the go!)

If you’ve wondered how you can access our eBook collection on your devices, expand the sections below for step-by-step guides.

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Kindle

These instructions are for Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage, and Kindle Oasis.

 

Click to expand step-by-step instructions.

Step 1:

  • Using a computer or a device with the Overdrive app installed, head to our catalog.

Step 2:  

  • Sign into your library account using your library card number. Unless you’ve changed it, your password is your phone number without the area code or dashes.

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Step 3: 

  • On that same page, click the Overdrive logo under Electronic Resources.

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Step 4: 

  • Now you’ll need to sign into Overdrive.

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  • Once you click the yellow ‘Sign In’ button, you’ll be taken to a drop down menu. Scroll all the way to the bottom and select Yorktown-M. Pleasant Township Public Library.liblist
  • Type in your full bar code number. Again, your password is your phone number without area code or dashes. To skip this step in the future, check the box that says ‘Remember My Card Number on This Device’.

Step 5: 

  • Now that you’re logged in, you can search for, browse, and download eBooks!
  • When you’ve found the one you want, click the yellow ‘Borrow’ button.

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  • Choose how long you would like to borrow the book: 7, 14, or 21 days. Click the ‘Borrow’ button again.

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  • Click the ‘Read now with Kindle’ button.

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  • You’ll be taken to Amazon. Make sure you’re logged into the Amazon account that your Kindle is registered to. Select the Kindle you would like the book to be delivered to and click ‘Get Library Book’.

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You’re all done! The eBook will be downloaded to your Kindle the next time it connects to Wi-Fi! When your borrowing period is over, the book will automatically disappear. You never have to worry about late fees with Overdrive.

 

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Tablets, Phones, & Kindle Fire

These instructions apply to Andriod, iOS, and Kindle Fire devices.

 

Click to expand step-by-step instructions.

Step 1: 

  • Download the Overdrive app from your device’s app store.
  • Open the app and tap ‘Sign Up’.

Step 2: 

  • Tap ‘Sign up using a library card’. 
  • Select the ‘Location’ option and type in 47396.
  • Tap ‘Go’.

Step 3: 

  • Tap ‘Indiana Digital Download Center’.
  • Select Yorktown-M. Pleasant Township Public Library.
  • Input your full bar code number from your library card. Your password is your phone number without the area code or dashes.
  • Tap ‘Sign In’.

Step 4: 

  • To continue, tap ‘Add a title’.
  • You’ll be directed to the IDDC homepage, where you’ll need to sign in one more time. To prevent having to do this in the future, check the box that says ‘Remember my card number on this device’.

Step 5: 

  • When you find the book you want, tap it and then tap ‘Borrow’. Select how long (7, 14, or 21 days) you’d like to borrow the title.
  • Select your preferred format. You can download it directly to your device and start reading immediately, or you can connect through your Amazon account and read it as a Kindle Book. Tapping ‘Read now with Kindle’ will redirect you to Amazon.

Step 6: 

  • To view and open the titles you have checked out, tap ‘Bookshelf’.

 

That’s it! When the borrowing period is over, your book will automatically disappear. You never have to worry about late fees with Overdrive.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: “What if the title I want says ‘wait list’?”

A: Because we share our eBook collection with other libraries in Indiana, the title you want may be checked out by other users. However, just like physical copies, you can place a hold. Just click the ‘Place a Hold’ button, and you’ll receive an email when the title is available for you.

Q: Does Overdrive have audio books?

A: Yes! Overdrive has audio books and a few movies/videos. Once downloaded to your device, just press play and enjoy.

Q: How do I return a book?

A: As mentioned in the instructions above, when your borrowing period is over, the title will automatically disappear from your bookshelf. If, however, you finish early and would like to return, click the three vertical dots next to the title on your bookshelf and select ‘Return to Library’.

Q: I have an original NOOK. Can I download eBooks from Overdrive?

A: Yes, you can. But that process is a bit more complicated. Check out Overdrive’s article here.

Have a question that’s not answered here? Leave a comment below or contact us.

NEW: Meet Libby! Overdrive’s user-friendly new app.

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Meet Libby

 

Your Guide to the 2018 Summer Reading Program

It seemed like winter was going to last forever in Indiana, but we made it! The trees are blooming, the sun is hot, and it’s time for Summer Reading! This year’s theme is Libraries Rock, and we have a great series of events lined up to prove just that. Keep reading to find out what’s in store!

Registration

First things first: You have to register to participate. Registration for all ages opens Friday, May 25 at the library.

Here’s how the age groups are divided:

  • Cubs (birth-pre-K)
  • Tigers (Kindergarten-5th grade*)
  • Teens (6th grade-age 17)
  • Adults (18+)

To register, you’ll just need to fill out your information and grab some reading logs or review sheets. Cubs, tigers, and teens will register at the desk in the children’s area. Adults will register at the desk in the adult area.

That’s all it takes! Once you’ve registered, you’re ready to start  reading and earning prizes.

*Homeschooled children are welcome to participate! Grade years are meant as an age guide.

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Get your photo taken with the Troll Princess during our Kick-Off Carnival!

We’re kicking off the Summer Reading Program with a fun carnival in Morrow’s Meadow! On Saturday, May 26 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm, you can join us for carnival games, a tiger bounce house, and a very special visit from the Troll Princess.

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the carnival will be moved to the Pleasant View Elementary School Gym. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for up-to-date information.


How to Earn Prizes

Reading is fun on its own, but the Summer Reading Program is all about those prizes! Each age group earns prizes a little differently, so check out how it works for your age group below:

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  • Since many participants in this age group aren’t reading on their own yet, Cubs earn a prize for every hour that they read or are read to.
  • There is a limit of 3 prizes per week.
  •  For every 10 hours that your child reads or is read to, they will earn one ticket into the drawing for the Super Reader Prize.
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CUBS SUPER READER PRIZE: 
Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet with One Year of Amazon Free Time!


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  • Tigers can earn a prize for every hour they read.
  • There is a limit of 3 prizes per week.
  • For every 20 hours read, Tigers will earn one ticket into the drawing for the Super Reader Prize.
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 TIGER SUPER READER PRIZE: 
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teens

  • For every book you read, you’ll fill out a short review sheet.
  • For each book review you submit, you’ll earn one ticket.
  • Tickets will then be used for the weekly prize drawings:
    • Laser Tag Passes
    • Holiday World Tickets
    • Big Splash Adventure Tickets
    • Fire TV Stick
    • Cincinnati Reds Tickets
    • Splash Island Tickets
    • Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

All tickets will be saved and put into the drawing for the Super Reader Prize.

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TEEN SUPER READER PRIZE: 
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  • For every book you read, you’ll fill out a short book review or recommendation sheet.
  • For each book review or recommendation you submit, you’ll earn one ticket.
  • Tickets will then be used for the weekly prize drawings:
    • T-shirts
    • Book Bags
    • Gift Cards
    • Books
    • Kindle Fire
    • Fire TV Stick
    • Fitbit
    • Keurig Brewing System
    • Amazon Echo
  • All tickets will be saved and put into the Grand Prize Drawing.
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ADULT GRAND PRIZE: 
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To be counted toward the Super Reader Prize, Tigers and Cubs must turn in their reading logs by noon on Wednesday, July 11.

Adults and Teens must turn in book review sheets by 3:00 pm on Friday, July 13 to be counted toward the Super Reader/Grand Prize drawing.


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Every Wednesday in June, we’ll have a special event for families. Check out this year’s entertainment below!

CR Ryan Magic Show

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CR Ryan brings his entertaining magic show to the Summer Reading Program every year, and we’re so glad to have him back again! CR Ryan preforms with his sons for a show that’s fun for the whole family!

  • Wednesday, June 6
  • 2:00 pm
  • Morrow’s Meadow*


Freddy Fossil’s Dino Show

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New to the Summer Reading lineup this year is Freddy Fossil’s Dino Show! You won’t want to miss the “pre-hysterical” family fun when Freddy brings out his life-size dinosaur puppets!

  • Wednesday, June 13
  • 2:00 pm
  • Pleasant View Elementary School Gym

Indiana Wild Live Animal Show

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Indiana Wild is back this year! Get up close and personal with real animals as you learn about their environment and conservation!

  • Wednesday, June 20
  • 2:00 pm
  • Pleasant View Elementary School Gym


What’s That Sound?

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Surf the sound waves with Paul Odenwelder as he shows the many ways we can combine sounds to create music! With lots of audience participation and crazy instruments, this show is one you won’t want to miss!

  • Wednesday, June 27
  • 2:00 pm
  • Morrow’s Meadow*

Grand Finale: The Water Show!

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Magic Don is back again this year with his water magic show! Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with this fun and crazy event. Dress to get wet!

  • Wednesday, July 11
  • 2:00 pm
  • Morrow’s Meadow*
*Any show marked as taking place at Morrow’s Meadow is weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather, those events will be moved to the P.V.E. Gym. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to be a patron to register and participate in the Summer Reading Program?

A: No! While we would LOVE for you to sign up for a library card, it is not a requirement for participation.

Q: Do I have to read only library books?

A: Nope! Again, we would love it if you checked out books and/or eBooks from the library, but it’s not required.

Q: Do I have to be present to win the prize drawings?

A: No way, Jose. All winners will be notified via phone or email after each drawing.

Q: What is the deadline for registering?

A: There is no registration deadline. You can start participating as late into the program as you want, but keep in mind, the longer you participate, the better your chances are of winning!

Q: Do audio books count?

A: They sure do! Tigers and Cubs, just record the hours you listen. Teens and Adults, just fill out a review like you would with a regular book.

Have a question that’s not answered here? Contact us.


We are so excited to kick off the 2018 Summer Reading Program with our community! We strive to make it as fun and inclusive as possible, and we hope everyone has a great time!

To end, we would like to thank the wonderful sponsors who make this program and all the prizes possible:

Gold Level Sponsors:

Aldi
eKeeper Systems
Warner Fit
Mutual Bank
Navient
Yorktown Family Dentistry

Silver Level Sponsors:

Animal Medical Center
Ingram’s Floor Covering
Mark’s Service Center
Meek’s Mortuary
Ontario Systems
Rachel Tucker-F.C. Tucker
Reed’s Plumbing LLC
Ryne-Wood Builders, Inc.
Scott Metzler- State Farm
Wee Wisdom

Bronze Level Sponsors:

5 Tool Academy
Academy of Model Aeronautics
Advanced Carpet Care
Big Splash Adventure
Cincinnati Reds
Dairy Queen
Great Kitchens and Baths
Holiday World
Hot Heads
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Jimmy John’s
Laser Flash
Michael Burke- Re/Max
Minnetrista
Muncie Children’s Museum
National Model Aviation Museum
Player’s Club at Woodland Trails
Royal Pin Leisure Centers
Science Central
Splash Island
Terre Haute Children’s Museum

 

Thank you!

Summer Reading Program Review

There we go! It’s all over! What a great Summer Reading Program we had this year. A special thanks to all who participated, and thanks to all our sponsors that helped us put the program on.

The Totals

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In total we had 410 young people participate in the SRP; 92 of them were preschool aged, 209 were school aged, 68 were teenagers, and 41 came from daycare programs! Tadpoles submitted 228 early literacy sheets, Frogs read for 1722 hours, and the Teens read 1048 hours.  Everyone did a great job and we hope to see you keep coming to the library to get books during the school year.

However the SRP wasn’t just for the children, we had an adult program as well. There was a total of 100 adult readers who read a total of 350 books. That’s more than 3 books a person! We have compiled a list of all the books that were rated with 5 stars, which you can find at Jenifer’s desk.

The Winners

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What more can be said! These kids did a great job reading and won the raffle drawings for the Super Reader prizes. The Tadpoles winner won the LeadFrog Leap Pad, the Frogs winner won an iPad mini, and the Teen winner won a set of Beats headphones. The Adult winner won a Kindle Fire HDX.

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Once again, thanks to everyone involved and who participated in our Summer Reading Program. You helped make this year a success and we hope to see you again next year!