2017-07-27 / Front Page

Library staff thanks community for successful summer program

The summer season has been filled with family-friendly activities at the Lincoln County Library. From reading time to afternoon movies, and a wide variety of storybook guests, visiting reptiles, weird sci­ence experiments, and more, this year’s summer reading program has been deemed a success by more than just library staff.

What made this year’s program particularly unique is that commu­nity members and local businesses lent their support to event program­ming and special prizes, which local children and adults alike were able to enjoyed.

“The businesses were very gen­erous and allowed for us to have a wonderful and successful sum­mer reading program,” Circulation Manager Jennifer Wood said. “We had more people participating this year than we have in the past three years combined.”

Almost 270 individuals, made up of children, teenagers, and adults participated in this year’s program. Compared to last year’s participation total of 77 individuals, the library’s staff are ecstatic at the increase.

“We were really trying to keep the program more current in order to get more people in involved this year,” Library Director Shirley Dawkins explained. “And, we were really successful, thanks to everyone who helped us out.”

Thanks to community contribu­tions, four kayaks, a yeti cooler, yeti cups, a GoPro, eReader, gift cards to local businesses, and several other unique prizes were raffled off to those who completed the summer reading program and its challenges. The library also collected $675 to put toward the programs such as Sean Poppy and His Reptiles, Therapy Dogs, and more.

“The best part is that no money was taken out of local or state funds to put on the program, it was all donation based,” Wood empha­sized. “Which allowed for us to keep money in the budget so that we could use it for necessary library repairs – like the current repainting of the building.”

Special thanks were extended from the library staff to Rees Funeral Home, Hobby Corner, 112 Main Street, Cliatt’s Crossing, The Chick­en House, Fast Times, Papa’s Pizza, Home Café, B Lively Boutique, Milky Way Freeze Bar, The Bell Ringer, Hardee’s, Huddle House, Goldman and Wengrow’s, Crawford and Breazeale’s, City Pharmacy, Spratlin’s Hardware, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Woodman of the World, Farmers State Bank, Lee Builders, Johnson Equipment, and Dr. Doug and Katrina Harmon.

The staff also thanked the the Friends of the Library and the Library Board for all of their hard work with the summer reading program.

Not only were regularly sched­uled library programs conducted throughout the summer, but library staff also worked on several com­munity outreach programs.

Story time, book giveaways, and special activities to promote early literacy were conducted at Wee­Wisdom, and other special activities courtesy of library staff took place at the Senior Center.

Movies for adults and children were played weekly, featuring the newest releases, and a cooking class through the University of Georgia was held every Monday, which taught participants how to cook simple, healthy recipes on a budget.

Because of the success of this class, a diabetic cooking class will be held next.

With this unique spread, a total of 31 programs, on top of regular working library hours, were held throughout the summer.

Due to the great success of this year’s program, those with the library have already begun cal­culating how to make next year’s program just as successful.

While the summer programming will end with Therapy Dogs on Au­gust 27, the UGA food programming will continue every Monday, movies for adults will continue on Tuesdays, with movies for kids will continue on Wednesdays.

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