The summer reading program ended July 31 on a delicious note – a hot dog picnic supper with brownies and ice cream. The Geneva Public Library Board supplied the dessert, Auto Value employees loaned a Traeger grill to cook the hot dogs and the Secret Garden Committee ensured the library grounds looked perfect for the event.
Geneva area youth reported an amazing 67,468 minutes of reading throughout the June and July program. We are especially proud of these children who read the most number of minutes in their age category:
• In the 0-5 age group: Katrina Frook, Alivia Reinsch and Dalia Torres.
• In the 6-9 age group: Michael Girmus, Katie Jensen and Cameron Knight.
• In the 10+ age group: Elise Frook, Allexis Smith and Asha Fester.
The top reader in each category received a Rialto II Theater gift certificate. All participants received a drawstring bag to carry their books and reading logs. Each bag displayed the summer reading program design and was printed by Sunflower Marketing. There were also prizes for various reading minute levels, so each child worked toward their own goals. The most sought after prizes were Casey’s popsicle certificates, personal ear buds, Subway kids meal certificates and Pizza Hut certificates.
The Community Hero Word Scavenger Hunt ended July 24 with 20 entries. The library appreciates all 53 businesses who participated and displayed the bright orange Hero poster for eight weeks.
Many businesses and private individuals donated money and/or prizes for the summer reading program activities and the scavenger hunt, which we are incredibly grateful for. Those who donated included Auto Value, B&J Automotive, Bergen Real Estate, Cumberland’s Fashions, Fillmore County Hospital, Geneva TV and Appliance, Geneva Welding and Supply, Heartland Bank, Heinisch and Lovegrove Law Office, Lichti Oil, Nichol’s Collision Center, NorthPointe Insurance, Overtime Bar and Grill, Plains Equipment Group, Sister’s Café, Susan Johnson, Vern and Priscilla Kendell, Waddell and Reed Financial Advisors, Weaver Repair and Wilkins Livestock Insurance.
The library will continue to host Family Game Night on the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., for the rest of the calendar year. We encourage people of all ages to attend this free event. LEGO® Club will be held the fourth Thursday of August, September and October, starting at 6 p.m., and then the third Thursday of November and December at 6 p.m. to accommodate the holidays.