Another successful summer program!

“Libraries Rock!” was the theme for the Bradford Memorial Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Program.  Participants met reading goals and earned prizes. A classic book and a ticket to see a Wingnuts game were the grand prizes!  
The program, open to children from birth through fifth grade, ran from May 31st through August 2nd.    Four-hundred and fifty-six awesome kids signed up this year.
Babies, birth through thirty-five months, could participate in the Rubber Ducky Club. Fifty-five participated this year. They had 22 early literacy based activities to do. The prize for completing 11 activities was a rubber ducky. The prize for completing all of the activities was a board book.  We encourage parents and caregivers to read to children right from birth.  Little ones love to hear your voice.  Reading to them stimulates their minds and builds language skills later on.
Summer Reading Program members, three years old through fifth grade, could earn prizes by reading a required number of days.  Three prize levels earned McDonald’s French fries, Exploration place coupons, pizza from Pizza Hut, books, and tickets to see a Wingnut’s baseball game.
Children’s programs this year supported the “Libraries Rock!” theme.  Weekly preschool story times and elementary programming featured stories and activities relating to music, rhythm, the science of sound, and also Geology and rocks.  The Children’s Department offered weekly programming for all ages. For children in kindergarten through fifth-grade, Ms. Brianne led Elementary Stories and More and a Builder’s Club.  Barb Roths of the K-State Research and Extension office presented two “Cooking is Fun” programs.  On Thursday mornings for the preschool set, three to five years old, and Friday mornings for Toddlers, eighteen through thirty-five months, Ms. Carol led a weekly Story Time full of songs, and activities.  The Library also offered the Clement McCrae puppet show, Will Parker, a musical performer, Didgeridoo Down Under, and a Family Night.   
All throughout the summer, the library provided weekly prize drawings, book clubs, film showings and Summer Reading Challenges for the teens and adults of the community as well.  
 A Scavenger Hunt, Origami Corner, and Blackout Poetry took place for the teens and a Reading Bingo Challenge for both teens and adults. What an exciting summer it has been!