Library Summer Reading Program Gratitude and Recognition
Four Cowlitz county public libraries, Castle Rock, Kalama, Kelso and Longview, collaborated to present the 2013 Summer Reading Program. The program’s goal was to encourage children to enjoy events at the library, establish life-long habits of pleasure reading and maintain literacy skills. This year’s program featured two “deep” concepts, “Dig Into Reading” for kids and “Beneath the Surface” for teens.
The Longview Public Library had over 5,454 participants that attended 114 library summer events. Out of a total of 1,186 who signed up to “read for fun and prizes,” 940 were children and 246 were teens. There were 78 schools represented; Robert Gray Elementary had the most with 74 students.
This fun yet invaluable program could not have been possible without the support of over 30 generous benefactors that included financial and in-kind support/incentives: Hank Batten, Jason Berlin, Catlin Pioneer Cemetery Group, the City of Longview Streets Department, Mark Counts, Dangerous Gentlemen Game Store, Estetica Day Spa, Tom Fest, Greg’s Gardens, Michael King, LCC Headstart and James McBride, The Lewis & Clark Bowmen, Karen Noblin (Corpsic Beauty), Pals for Hair, Elizabeth Partridge, the Ocean Beach Starbuck’s Community Partners, Robert & Lisa Sudar and the YMCA Aquatics Program. Generous donations were also made by the Longview Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Castle Rock, Cathlamet, 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.
We are especially grateful to 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 underground focus of this year’s Summer Reading Program featured geology, gardening, construction, burrowing animals and underground culture. We would like to especially thank the following artists, authors, musicians, rock hounds, scientists, spelunkers, and teachers who so generously shared their talents with the youth of our community: Cochise Anderson, Jennifer Bradbury, Dave & Ann Cordero, Double-Oh-Quattro Quartet, Eco-Tech, Starr Favela, Tom Fest, Jeff Hamilton, Fire Chief Phil Jurmu, Lower Columbia School Gardens, Hilarie Hughes and Minty Rosa, The Mt. St. Helen’s Institute, Eric Nguyen, PetWorks, Jovita & Judy Potter, Ransom Henna, Gerardo Redondo, Vicki Reif, Spotlight Sensations Costumes, Streamfix, the SWWA Gold Prospectors Association, the SWWA Mineralogical Society, Max Wade and White’s Electronics.
The Summer Reading Program would not have been a success without assistance from dozens of volunteers and interns. Jacey Clark, Heather Hayes, Brittany Heilman, Kiley Mirenta, Caderon Travis, and Heather Zimmerman worked via the Community Jobs program. Americorps volunteers included Jason Culbertson, James MacBride and Erin McKee. Goodwill Summer Youth Employment Interns were Hannah Arn, Kegan Bianchi, and Maria Gonzalez-Rogers. LCC ICP Intern Jakob Collins took a lead role in coordinating the teen programs, especially the MineCraft Summer Olympics and Teen Late Night game. In addition to financial support, the following Friends of the Library also helped with staffing the program: Cindy Brickey, Ann Cordero and Joan Page.
Other individuals who volunteered their time to make a difference in our community include: Killian Bardin, Noah Benson, Rufina & Timur Berishev, Kiley Bodine, Jeff Chen, Lily Cockrill, Jessica Crawford, Lark Danforth, Karissa Dautenhahn, Rebecca Edgecomb, Xander Edmiston, Skiann Floyd, Cynthia Gaertner, Kaylee Hatfield, Ashley Hall, Seaira Hazeltine, Lily Hill, Kim Hua, Jesse Hunsucker, Linda Ishiguro, Kiauna Jones, Noah Kaai, Sophie Kangas, Elisabeth Kelley, Raelyn Kuljis, Emma Lambert, Zachary Lyon, Miriam McDonnell, Ashley Modesitt, Faith Newton, Marlene Norman, Lydia & Matilda Partridge, Kelby Sandvick, Simon & Sonny Sim, Brooke Strong, Mary Thomson, Heather Uerling, Severin Walch, Milagros Wells, and Cassidy Worth.