The 2014 Summer Reading Program exploded with “Fizz, Boom, READ!” for kids, and teens’ reading ignited with “Spark a Reaction” in Cowlitz county public libraries.
- At Longview Public Library there were over 4,794 youth and 719 adults who attended 160 library summer events.
- 1,029 children and 255 teens signed up to “read for fun and prizes,”.
- 149 new books were “Read Into The Collection”. Participating gave these SuperReaders, the 1st opportunity to read the book, their name on a bookplate and free books and prizes.
- 594 new library cards were issued in June and July, including 212 for children and 39 for middle and high school students.
- A record-breaking 977 people were admitted to the Cowlitz Black Bears Summer Reading Night game on July 30.
This year, the four public libraries in Cowlitz County (Castle Rock, Kalama, Kelso and Longview) collaborated to present a Summer Reading Program encouraging children to enjoy events at the library, establish life-long habits of pleasure reading, and maintain literacy skills. Over 30 generous benefactors supported these goals. This could not have been possible without the support provided by the generous donations from the Longview Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Castle Rock, Kalama, Kelso, and Longview Public libraries, as well as the support of our library directors, Vicki Selander, Louise Thomas, Cindy Donaldson, and Chris Skaugset, respectively.
Financial and in-kind support for reading incentives, program supplies and lobby decor was given through contributions from various individuals, local businesses and community organizations including the Altrusa, Canyonview Cyclery, Mark Counts, Aileen Marie Tubo, Alexis Lorenzo, and DJ Haskin from the Foundation for Early Learning who brought the UNI to the Early Childhood STEM fair, Jimmy Beattie Longview Academy of Kung Fu, Pals for Hair, the Ocean Beach Starbuck’s Community Partners, and the YMCA. We are especially grateful to President Ron Johnson, Ron Stoppler and the crew from the Pioneer Lions who cooked hundreds of hot dogs for the Grand Finale Summer Reading Picnic, to Foster Farms who donated them, and to Franz Bakery for donating the buns.
The STEM focus of this year’s Summer Reading Program featured science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We would like to especially thank the following artists, authors, musicians, scientists, and teachers who so generously shared their talents with the youth of our community: Bits & Bots Robotics, Ms. Wheelchair Washington Evelyna Castro, Ann Cordero, the Cowlitz County Health Department, The Double-Oh-Quattro Quartet, Dr. David M. Hanson, David Jennings, Fire Chief Phil Jurmu, Bob Koenig, Sharon Kuroda Chinook Boy Scouts STEM program, Wendy Lee and Kaitlyn Lee, Cary Li,, Leon Lowman, Ian Thompson and Erin McKee from Lower Columbia School Gardens, James McBride, Mark Plotkin, the Rainbow Community, Gabriella Reyes, Brian Schatzel, Sarah Vitak, Mt. St. Helen's Institute Geologist, and Jeff Wilson and the other Shay Locomotive Engineers,.
The Summer Reading Program would not have been a success without assistance from dozens of volunteers and interns. Barbara Arquette, Adela Aquino, Jolene Boals, Tosha Crispin, Lacey Jensen, Shira Kroll, Lydia Trevino; Angela Millikan, Aisha Mohammad, Jayme Nickeson and Anne Willson worked as CAP Interns. Americorps volunteers included James MacBride and Erin McKee. In addition to financial support, Friends of the Library Ann Cordero and Joan Page also helped with staffing the program.
Other individuals who volunteered their time to make a difference in our community include: Dyllan Bickford, Maritza Chavez, Meagan Clark, Lark Danforth, Mary Estes, Skyllar and Somer Estill, Cynthia Gaertner, Savanna and Seaira Hazeltine, Kobee Heidler, Richard Householder, Brian Hua, Jesse Hunsucker, Linda Ishiguro, Robert Jennings, Christina Lafady, Faith Mattson, Andrew McDonnell, Faith Newton, Josie Nickerson, Marlene Norman, Edward Orcutt, Lydia & Matilda Partridge, Nathaniel Posch, Susan Schwartz, Monica Shepard, Rebecca Standal (and all the teens who participated in the Literacy Flash Mob) Mataia Styers, Mary Thomson, Megan Troupe, Severin Walch, Grace Watts, Hao Wei, Cody Wells, Shayne Wilson, and Angelina Woodruff.