WAYNE – Area readers had a banner summer during both the adult and youth summer reading programs through the Wayne Public Library.
The programs shared the theme “Build a Better World.” The children’s summer reading program featured several special events, like the Henry Doorly Zoo’s traveling exhibit, outdoor movie night and cooking class, as well as weekly programs. 207 area kids participated in the program and accumulated over 2,900 reading hours, according to library director, Lauran Lofgren. Lofgren said the Library staff were thankful for the individuals, businesses and organizations that helped by donating prizes or their time. The Wayne United Way also stepped in to offer something special.
“They provided funds that allowed us to buy a book to give every child who hit their level one goal,” Lofgren said.
Though the summer program is over, the library is still committed to providing youth services. On August 16th, the library will host a back to school party where students can grab a snack and make crafts after the noon dismissal. In September Storytime is back with infant to toddlers coming on Wednesdays and older children on Saturdays.
The adult summer reading program encouraged readers to expand their horizons, according to adult service librarian, Rita McLean.
“What we do is make out a sheet, kind of like a bingo card, where there are 16 challenges on there: reading books from different genres or attending programs, and we’re just trying to show the children that the adults can have fun reading too, just like they can,” McLean said.
Much like the youth services, August will be a slower month for adult services, but there are still some upcoming events like adult coloring nights and adult classes.
“We’re offering a smartphone class on Monday, August 21st at 6 o’clock,” McLean said.
In September, book club starts. Anyone is welcome to join and a list of books can be found at the library.
A few weeks ago, youth services librarian Julie Osnes left her position at the public library to become the Wayne High School librarian, but Lofgren is determined to keep up youth services.
“We’re still actively involved in children’s programming and anyone who’s here will help the kids find the books they need or answer any questions they might have about our services,” Lofgren said.
The library is now accepting applications for the youth services position. For questions or to apply, contact Lofgren at the library at (402) 375-3135.