Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Opinion

August 28, 2012

Library thanks

Greensburg — Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Children's Room of the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library, I want to publicly thank the many generous sponsors of the annual Summer Reading Program.

Without their support, it would be very difficult to have a program that kids and families enjoy and more importantly, a program that keeps kids motivated to read all summer long.

Studies show that children who read during the summer are better prepared for school when it resumes in the fall.  That is the ultimate goal of the Summer Reading Program: To make sure that children have the necessary tools to succeed in school and life.

This year 1,921 children and adults participated in the "Dream Big - Read" Summer Reading Program!  Over 1,000 new books were given away to children as well as ride coupons for the Decatur County 4-H Fair and food coupons from many local restaurants.  Kids who read were also treated to a free pool party at Allen Memorial swimming pool.  Drawings for prizes like a Nintendo DS, a Kindle Fire, gift cards, King's Island tickets and $50 savings bonds donated by local banks, were also held.

Besides reading, kids were able to participate in many fun programs. They made crafts, learned how to juggle, decorated cupcakes, made glow in-the-dark t-shirts, played a Life-size version of the game Candy Land, and watched movies.  Other fun events throughout the summer like

"Silly Safari's Animal Show" with Coyote Chris, "The Space Painter Juggling Show" with Tom Sparough, "The Magic of Ronald McDonald" Show, and a "Fantastic Fable" story telling program were enjoyed as well.  In all, over 2,500 people attended programs at the Greensburg/Decatur Co. Public Library this summer!

Of course, everything that makes the summer reading program so exciting and fun for kids takes money and sponsorship.  Many businesses and organizations in Decatur County willingly came forward with money and donations.  I would like to thank all of the following sponsors: Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, Wal-Mart, Decatur County Community Foundation, The Arts and Cultural Council of Decatur County, The Friends of the Library, Tri-Kappa, Psi Iota Xi, Watkins Cleaning, Inc., Delta Theta Tau, Knights of St. John, The Optimist Club of Greensburg, Decatur County Shrine Club, Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus, Greensburg Lion's Club, Daughters of Isabella, First Federal Savings and Loan, Napoleon State Bank, Greensburg and Westport Dairy Queen, Arby's, Papa John's Pizza, Little Caesars', Wendy's, and Luehr's Ideal Rides.

The residents of Decatur County are very lucky to live in such a generous community.  We hope to see you and your family at the

Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library soon!

Sincerely,

Jill Pratt

Children's Librarian

Greensburg/Decatur County Public Library

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