520cfd5218339.imageThe White Pine County Library put the finishing touches on its summer reading program last week during its end of summer celebration. The event capped the summer-long reading program, which saw 120 children participate, along with 14 children in Baker in its own program.

“I am happy with the turnout,” Children’s Librarian Hilary Peck said. “We originally had 160 or so signed up and that would have been a challenge to handle that many.”

Among the prizes handed out included boxed sets of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Fly Guy, Dr. Seuss, Magic Tree House and illustrated classics as well as autographed books by author Brandon Mull.

The top reading families were the Padilla’s (five and under) and the Blade family. Each family received a certificate and a pizza voucher from All American Pizzeria.

The summer also saw several special programs, from a nature walk to a magician, which offered children a glimpse into many different subjects.

“I would like to send out a big thank you to all the folks that offered the special programs over the summer,” Peck said. “They were so much fun.”

While the summer may be ending, signaling the start of a new school year for students, the library can remain a place for children to read for fun, as well as work on schoolwork. And while many students will be busy with school work and extra curricular activities, reading for fun can provide many benefits, both in and out of the classroom.

“I am certain that I can offer the children a place to enjoy reading and to connect with books that they want to read,” Peck said. “They can improve in all aspects of school work with extra reading. They learn vocabulary, comprehension and even problem solving. And we do have quite a few resources for helping with homework as well.”

The summer’s theme, Celebrate Reading, saw children check out a variety of books, Peck said. And while the program continues to be a success, it also serves a purpose beyond keeping children busy during the summer. It helps develop a love of reading.

And while the summer reading program helps families build momentum in helping children learn to love reading, there are some ways to keep that love growing, even during the school year.

“The tips that I would tell families is that there needs to be a variety of reading materials offered to kids at all time,” Peck said. “They need to be taken to the library where they can have control of the books they find interesting. Also throw in magazines, non-fiction and learning games on the computer. It will give the kids results with reading.”

But just because the summer is ending doesn’t mean the library is done with children’s programs this year. This fall, the library will offer outdoor story hours, nature crafts, fun with food and more.

For more information about the White Pine County Library’s fall programs, please call 775-293-6900 or visit the library located at 950 Campton St. in Ely.