WOODSFIELD – Summer Reading Programs are held at the Monroe County District Library, with fun and educational activities scheduled during the warm summer months.
“Right now we have our summer reading program. It will continue until July 22, it officially started on June 13,” said librarian Susan Smith. She said the children enjoy reading and activities in a special place.
“We actually have our business in the Monroe Theater because of the extra space, and they’re working with us to allow us to use that extra space,” she says. “They seem to be very interested in it. They also seem interested in taking advantage of the programs. So far we’ve had two. The first was a magician and then this week from the Oglebay Institute Schrader Center they came and … did a program on marine animals.
Smith said on Monday they would use the theater screen to watch a movie about the ocean and water.
“The theme for this year’s summer reading program is Oceans of Possibiltiy, so there will be some short films about oceans and things like that,” she says.
Smith said the age range children can participate in is from birth to sixth grade.
“We allow toddlers who are just starting out and interested in books, then up to grade six, so if they just finished grade six in May, they are eligible to take the book reading program. ‘summer this year’, she says.
Smith said the children’s response has been enthusiastic so far.
“We had over 130, I think, who signed up to be part of the program. They must read 10 books during the six weeks at their reading level. Different grade levels will obviously be allowed to read different materials, and then those in kindergarten or below, their parents will have to read to them,” she says.
“If they finish their 10 books and put them on a reading log that we keep here, if they finish the program and we will apply them, and on July 22 we will have an ice cream party when a store of ice cream will come to Woodfield,” she says.
Other prizes will also be awarded.
“(The Center for Science and Industry) has been generous enough to provide public libraries that make requests with a learning lunch box and finally we were able to get 50. This year we were able to get even more, she says. Sometimes different prizes are awarded to children of different age categories.
“Generally in recent years we’ve found that the kids appreciate the cash prizes the most, so that’s probably what we’ll be doing again this year. We haven’t set a limit on these yet. There will be a grand prize for each age category and individual prizes for everyone who completes this program. she says. “They are signed up for these great prizes by coming to our activity every time or by simply completing the program.”
The books read are chosen by the child.
Smith said there would be no activities the week following July 4. On July 11, the Broken Timber Outdoor Education Center based in the Hannibal area along Ohio 7 will talk to kids about local ponds, waterways, fishing and other aquatic topics.
On July 18, another educational presenter is scheduled.
“We have an oceanographer who is from Maryland, and he will be here talking about his work and different things he does in the oceans and maybe storms in the ocean, that sort of thing,” said Smith.
She added that a party will then be held on July 22.
Smith said there are benefits to hosting events at the theater after the COVID-19 pandemic and the many fears that come with it.
“The capacity is around 300, and we usually see children and adults, somewhere between 125 and 150, so there’s plenty of space to spread out for the program,” she says. “All books brought in by patrons of the library are disinfected, so we always follow these precautions because we know the virus is still there and we are trying to do our best to prevent it from spreading.”
The library is located at 96 Home Ave, Woodsfield.