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Summer Reading program concludes with Picnic in the Park Finale

Updated: Jul 19, 2023

Youth can keep reading for a chance to win a Kindle

The Mary Cotton Public Library Summer Reading program concluded Wednesday, July 12. The Friends of the Mary Cotton Public Library sponsored the Picnic in the Park Finale at the Library Park on Wednesday evening. The Friends of the MCPL provided bounce houses, face painting and a free meal of hot dogs, chips, cookies and water. More than 200 people were served at the event. Donors for this event included Garrett Country Mart, Extru-Tech, SBS Insurance, United Bank and Trust, Cornelia Aberle, Kayleen Edelman, Beth R. Hartter, Myra Hartter, Teresa Kellenberger, Susan Meyer, Robin Stapleton, Dawn Strahm and Mary Kay Wenger.

The MCPL staff and the Friends of the MCPL appreciate all of the community and business support for summer reading.

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A total of 325 kids were signed up for the summer reading program. When they signed up, MCPL staff gave each participant a bag printed with the program’s theme — “All Together Now.”

Since May, MCPL has checked out 7,754 items from the library and recorded more than 700 Hoopla checkouts.

"Even though we had our finale, everyone can keep reading to be placed in the drawing for the two or three Kindle Fire tablets that we will be giving away," said Library Director Kim Priest. "If we hit 10,000 checkouts by Aug. 12, we will draw for the third tablet. All children who registered for summer reading will have at least one chance to win."

The highlight of the Picnic in the Park Finale was the summer reading prize drawings. Prizes were donated by Bert's Express A & W, Downtown Coffee Co., Sabetha Greenhouse, The Art Room Studio, Joy Pop Print Shop, Janice Schmidt, Angie's Kids, Sycamore Springs, Arrow Twin Theater, Hiawatha Creamery, 905 on Main, Pizza Hut, Sabetha Health Mart, MCPL and Friends of MCPL.

"It is so fun to watch the kids come in for their prizes, some with a bit of disbelief that they won and others with a little swagger because they had read a lot of books to get to that place," Priest said. "We especially appreciate the sponsorship from Pizza Hut for the individual pan pizzas for the first reading goal."

MCPL also appreciates everyone who provided Picnic in the Park programming or led summer reading story times. These individuals and organizations include Erin Yoder, Carrie Grimm and daughters, Leanna Hartter, Randi Schmid, Emily Plattner, Apostolic Christian Men’s Choir, Sabetha Greenhouse, Sabetha Community Hospital and Sarah Scoby and friends.

“Reading is such an important way to keep a child on grade level during the summer and makes it that much easier when starting back to school in August,” Priest said. “We also applaud those parents, grandparents and caregivers who have been so diligent about keeping the kids engaged and enjoying the summer reading program this summer.”

Priest said the MCPL staff is making program plans for this fall and people can be looking for new story time schedules starting in August. Follow Mary Cotton Public Library on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated with programming schedules.

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