2023 “All Together Now” Youth Summer Reading Program  @ Kewanna-Union Township Public Library

Congratulations to our readers for making the 2023 Youth Summer Reading Program a huge success!  Our 8 week program began May 30 and ended on July 22.  119 readers participated in our program this year.  The readers were very busy reading, completing Craft To Go Kits, and attending lots of summer reading events and summer programs.

Our Summer Reading Camp programs on Thursdays @ 4:00 have included making lava lamps, bird feeders, dog toys, and bracelets, painting summer hats and friendship rocks, as well as creating an “All Together Now” canvas quilt.

Our Thursday night special events have been lots of fun too!  They included the Summer Reading Kick-Off Event, Tippecanoe River State Park Event about Mollusks, Monarch Butterfly Program, Cookies & Canvas, a Petting Zoo, an Ice Cream Social, Fulton County Animal Shelter Program, and our End of Summer Reading Celebration. Thank-you to all of those that contributed to these special events.

Our library also had booths at the Pulaski County 4-H Fair and the Fulton County 4-H Fair.  We had a great time seeing our patrons and meeting lots of new people.  Many people stopped to play games, win prizes, pick up Craft To Go Kits, and get free books.

Thank you to the Rochester Community School Food Service Department for furnishing delicious, hot lunches during the summer for our youth.

Many prizes were given this summer including Weekly Prizes won by Maci Tolle, Greyson Brockus, J J Mitchell, Neilah Davis, Cheyenne Price, Jasper Martindale, Levi Rude, and Aaliyah Baker.

June & July Prize winners were Katie Spoor, Penelope Minix, Karissa Klinefelter, Zachary Bates, Haylee Martindale, & Briton Brockus.    Special Prize winner was Alexis Springer.                                   Our Dream House Contest winners were Carson Bennett, & Emma Bennett.

Summer Reading Prize winners: Ages 0-6 Opal Martindale, Adelina Herrea, and  Leah Garner; Ages 7-11  Paislee Brockus, Deke Finke, and Landon Scott;  Ages 12-18  Ella Ogle, Sylvia Davis, and Olivia Tibbetts.

We ended “All Together Now” with our Summer Reading Celebration on a very hot Thursday, July 27th.  Over 50 people participated in this special event.  We had face painting by Teresa Easterday, free give aways, lots of door prizes, and hot dogs with chips!  Summer Reading Certificates were given to those who participated in our Summer Reading Program.  Special Prize winners were also announced.  Everyone had a good time and left with big smiles!

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous donations to our 2023 Youth Summer Reading Program: Applebee’s, Bane Welker Equipment, Casey’s, Community State Bank, Country Lanes, Dairy Queen, Evans Agency LLC, Friends of the Tippecanoe River State Park, Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, Ft. Wayne Tin Caps, Fulton County REMC Operation RoundUp,  GreenMark Equipment, In Memory of David Norris, Isis Theatre, Indiana Fever, Indianapolis Indians, J. L. Widman, Inc., James F. Talbott VFW Post 1121 & Auxiliary, Jim Berry & Sons, Joe & Juanita Rude, Kewanna Food Pantry, Kewanna Screen Printing, Kewanna United Methodist Church, Lafayette Aviators, Logansport Skate World & Fun Center, Luhnow Farms, Mary Max Cinemas, Mike’s Trash LLC, Nubiano’s Pizza, Peterson, Waggoner, & Perkins LLP, Rochester Homes, Inc., Rochester Telephone Co., Smith, Sawyer, Smith Agency, Steve & Donna Rude, Streamliner Family Restaurant, Union Township, Van Lake’s Repair, Vander Haag’s, Wendy’s, Winamac Coil Spring, Wings, ETC., Yeazels for the Birds.

We would also like to thank everyone involved in making our 2023 Youth Summer Reading Program so successful: parents, library staff, teachers, community members, our event guest speakers and facilitators, and of course our summer readers. We couldn’t have done it without you!  Have a great summer & keep reading!