By Peggy Nichols
The Shingletown Library Summer Reading Program, held from June 12th to July 27th, culminated in a party on the last day to congratulate all who took part and to give special prizes to those who read the most during that time. In a change from previous years, children kept track of the time they spent reading rather than the number of pages they read. The top readers in each age group were Jessica and Michael Durham in the Preschool group, Harmonee Chapman in the Kindergarten to Third grade group, and Carlos Cuevas in the Fourth to Sixth grade group. Each winner received a $25 gift certificate to use at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore.
The party, held on the Library grounds, featured a craft project, a Duck Race down the creek, and yummy juice and cupcakes. Sheyenne Pack’s duck was the fastest swimmer. Certificates and a book were awarded to every Summer Reading Program participant.
Lisa Welborn, Steering Committee member in charge of the program, gave special thanks to Shari Meier and her prescription reading dog, Miss Midnight, and to Clare Gaston and her prescription reading dog, Di, who came to read with the children throughout the program. She also gave special thanks to the Shingletown Store for providing Ice Cream Cone Awards, which were earned at various reading achievement levels. Thanks also went to Theresa Claytor, Shari Meier, and the parents for providing craft ideas and supplies, and to everyone who helped make the program such a great success.