Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, August 20, 2019
This summer flew by and we are now into August. That means that another year of the library’s summer reading program, Bookworm, is in the books. This was our 65th Bookworm, and it was a blast. Among the many fun programs we were able to share throughout the county were an inflatable planetarium at Mt. Logan Early Learning Center, Astronaut Training at the Main Library, and visits from the Ohio Wildlife Center at Huntington and Richmond Dale branches.
Bookworm would not be possible without the support from our sponsors, especially Adena Regional Medical Center which sponsors the Healthy Living portion of Bookworm. We also rely on support from you, our community to participate each year, and from local businesses that support us. Children in Ross County have enjoyed Bookworm for 65 years, and the children, teens, and adults who participated this year helped make this summer one of the best we’ve ever had.
We saw one of the highest completion rates ever, and we almost doubled the number of adults participating this summer. Looking at it by the numbers, over 2,300 people registered and just over 1,000 finished their reading goals. Over 900 kids earned free books, and 700 have trophies to celebrate meeting their reading goals this summer. Over 300 of you attended our kick-off party in June, and over 400 came to the finale party in Yoctangee Park at the end of July.
We do this for you, our community. Summer reading programs started as a way to keep children’s reading skills sharp over the summer. Now it has grown into an all-inclusive program for everyone from babies through adults. It’s not just about reading. It’s about how the library can help people make healthy choices and be active participants in our community.
Not only do we want kids to read and learn over the summer, we also want them to be fed. Did you know that six of our locations participate in the summer lunch program and that through grants we have snacks for kids year-round at every location? In June and July we passed out over 1,000 lunches and 3,200 snacks!
Thank you, Ross County, for supporting our library, and for supporting Bookworm.
Ruby Smart is Youth Services Manager and Liz Gibbons-Camp is the Adult Programming Coordinator for Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library.