By LIBBY CLUETT
Boyce Ditto Public Library has worked hard over recent years to boost its summer reading program audience and this year it saw big rewards in the numbers of youth and adult participants.
While the 300 participants, ages 12 and younger, were about par with previous years, Youth Librarian Chasity Trejo-Hull said the summer program saw a marked uptick in adults, with 83 participants, and had 51 teens, bringing the total to 434 summer readers.
“We’ve had offerings for all the age groups. This is fifth year we’ve done that – but it has grown,” she said.
“We planned it a little differently this year,” Trejo-Hull added. “We continued with Storytime through the summer to see how it would go. We had a pretty amazing turn out for Storytime each week,” she said, adding that weekly participation ranged from the 50s to the 70s.
The library also had a weekly movie night, featuring new DVD releases, and featured a presenter each week.
This year, she added that they had some regular participants, but also had a variety of readers coming in for the summer program.
“I met a lot of different people this summer,” she said, adding, “There were more kids participating in the reading part than usual – we generally don’t have a ton of kids turn in reading logs.”
With help from community donations, the library was able to increase its prizes for those turning in reading logs.
At last week’s finale party for youth, Trejo-Hull said Awards and More gave medals for the top 12 readers. The library was also able to offer more robust prizes for the top three readers who she said, “Came in and read every day.”
In fact, Trejo-Hull said the third-place reader was last year’s first-place winner and wanted a bike, but they couldn’t afford one then for the winner – the bikes they had last year were offerered as raffle prizes.