Penfield Public Library recently hosted summer reading games for all levels as children, teens and adults read hundreds of books.
This year’s theme for all programs was “Build a Better World.”
Children entering grades K-6 were invited to play the children’s game. For each week children met their reading contract goal, they earned raffle tickets to enter into weekly prize drawings. At final count, 786 children registered for the program, reading a total of 770,643 minutes.
Over 150 children attend the grand finale of the children’s summer reading program, Nels Ross of InJest!
At final count, 930 children registered for the program. In order to play the reading game, each child received a special reading calendar.
The Teen Summer Reading Game was open to students entering grades 6-12, and 125 students participated and earned 1,343 scratch-off tickets.
Teens were invited to participate by reading different types of books and performing tasks in a summer reading coupon booklet. Each task completed from the coupon book earned them scratch-off raffle tickets, giving them a chance to win instantly and compete for raffle prize packages.
Prize packages were raffled off to three players each week, and a grand prize was awarded at the end of the game to one winner.
Summer teen programming attracted 170 participants, and 93 teens volunteered to help each week with the children’s summer reading game. Programs included Just Games Rochester, Mehndi and Mandalas, Cupcake Wars, a presentation on recycling from Monroe County Environmental Services, a program on Sketchup 3-D modeling presented by architect Shelia Sloane, Cat Bed Making for Lollypop Farm, “He Named Me Malala” and the practice SAT.
Adults ages 18 and older were eligible to participate in the 20th annual Summer Reading Game, which saw 27 adults participating and reading 78 books. Participants were eligible for weekly prizes over six weeks. Twelve winners won gift certificates to area businesses.
Programs for adults this summer included Strong Women Film Fest, which marked the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote in New York state with “Suffragette,” “Mona Lisa Smile” and “The Iron Lady.” Other activities included the Famous Women of Mount Hope Cemetery Tour and opportunities to learn about Flower City Habitat for Humanity, climate change and the science and art of the solar eclipse. The solar eclipse attracted 65 visitors.
The library recently hosted its fourth annual summer open house for the community with 165 people in attendance. This year’s open house, “20 Things in Three Hours,” offered various stations for all ages to explore. Participants learned how to care for succulents, find lost money, make tropical smoothies, research family history, make wine, arrange flowers and raise butterflies.
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