Celeste Edge, Children’s Director at Monroe County Library, calls the 2016 Summer Reading Program a success. The whole program served over 1,400 children and parents, and 468 children signed up to keep track of their summer reading and logged 5,633 hours.

Reading time showed a 30 percent increase over 2015, and there were 46 Super Readers who recorded more than 50 hours each. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, there was a bag of goodies for each child who registered, and prizes and restaurant coupons for them to earn as they read more hours.

With the theme of “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ,” the thrice weekly summer programs sponsored by the library focused on active, healthy living. There was dance, singing, karate, Zumba, yoga, sports games, mind games, puzzles, robots and proper hand washing. Monroe County Recreation Department hosted the kick-off, two movies with WOW Inflatables and a one-mile hike that was completed by 17 children.

Many sponsors made the Summer Reading Program possible with donations of time and money, and volunteers kept things running smoothly. The Exchange Club lunch and Waffle House brunch were especially popular. Edge said it took all of the sponsors and helpers to make the program grow and keep it meaningful for so many children and their families.