• Summer Reading Program

    Dig Into Reading! Finale at Colby


    The award finale for the Colby Public Library’s “Dig Into Reading!” summer reading program was held July 25 at the Colby Lions’ Shelter. Director Vicky Calmes welcomed over 250 young readers and other guests.  Morgan Huber, CPL summer intern, assisted at the presentation as did Emily Thell, library assistant.

    This year, 255 signed up and 230 children recorded 447,858 pages in the program, and 199 children read the minimum of 500 pages to be included in the prize drawing.  These names were placed in a drawing container according to clubs.

    The 82 Rose Club (2500 or more pages) member names were drawn first, allowing them to enter the “Garden of Prizes.”  Twenty Lilac (2000 pages) members then followed.  The Daisy Club’s (1750 pages) 7 members were in the drawing next, followed by 16 Snapdragon Club (1500 pages) members and 7 Tulip Club (1250 pages) readers.  Then, the 19 Lily Club (1000 pages), 19 Marigold (750 pages) and 29 Daffodil (500 pages) members were entered in the drawing.  Each reader was excited to be able to select the “garden” prize he or she desired.

    Throughout the summer, children were encouraged to make a garden creation for the “Upside Down Garden.”  Creative items designed by 166 readers graced the wall, and Halle Bender, Maddie Meyer, Addisyn Weiland, and Alex Mejia won prizes in the random drawing.

    The caterpillar naming competition received 616 suggestions.  Alaina Becker was chosen the winner and was able to take “Skittles” home with her.  Four other consolation prizes were given to Brooklyn Filtzkowski, Gianna Mundt, Lauren Berg, and Max Adams.

    The Grasshead hair growing contest encouraged crafters who attended the final Krafts for Kids session to bring their potted “grassheads” back to the finale to compete for the longest “hair.” Out of 13 participants, Lauren Berg (13 7/8”) and Tyler Weis (12 ½”) grew the longest hair-dos!  They were awarded watering cans for their efforts.

    Story times were attended by 61 children over the course of the summer.  Krafts for Kids attracted 71 older youth.  The children’s programs met for three sessions.  Musical entertainment on July 11 provided by “The Spoon Man” found 268 guests of all ages enjoying the three shows.

    The young patrons of the CPL carried on the service project tradition by working on placemats to be donated for the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner during “Mixed-Up Holiday Week.”  Thanksgiving Turkeys made of Valentine Hearts during the 4th of July Week will brighten the day of 163 dinner guests at the VFW hall in November.  Students in the Colby Middle School NJHS were a great help in this project, too, as they cut thousands of hearts for the cause.

    The teen program, in its third year, attracted 29 readers.  Ten prize packages, including a Barnes and Noble Nook, were awarded in the “Beneath the Surface” promotion.

    Corporate and business support included Abbotsford Sportsman’s Club Banquet, AbbyBank, Abbyland Foods, Advanced Heating and Cooling, All Metal Stamping, All Washed Up Laundry, AnnMarie Foundation, Inc., Christensen Sales Corporation, Clark-Marathon Veterinary Clinic LLC, Clay Corner Studio, Colby Chrysler Center, Computer Troubleshooting and Repair, D & A Automotive, Decker Automotive, Decorator Industries, Designer Advertising, Dr. N. O. Jackson, First City Dental, Forward Financial, Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, Harmony Country Cooperatives, HealthView Eye Care Center, I.D.E.A. Foundation, Kelley Supply, Kramer’s County Market, Marshfield Clinic, Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home, McDonald’s, Nicolet National Bank, Packaging Corporation of America, Pizza Hut, Ray’s Market, Rogers Cinema—Marshfield, Royal Credit Union, Smith Brothers Meats and Catering, Spare Time Lanes, Sport and Spine Clinic of Colby, Super 29 Shell, Target Stores of Marshfield/Wausau, Taylor Credit Union, TP Printing, Wal-Mart of Wausau/Marshfield/Medford, and Xcel Energy. Many volunteers, both adult and teen, also contributed to the success of the program

    “There was a tremendous response to the summer reading program this year at the Colby Public Library.  We hope that the Dig Into Reading habit, established during the summer months, continues to grow throughout the year.  A special thanks to the sponsors and parents for supporting the program, and to the children reading thousands of pages,” concluded Calmes.

    Check back next spring to see what’s coming for the 2014 Summer Reading Program!

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