Summer reading program wraps up at library

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Area businesses donate prizes to lucky winners

By Lisa Tetrault-Zhe

Hampton Union, Friday, August 27, 2010

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online]

HAMPTON -- Two lucky winners walked away with a four-pack of tickets to York's Wild Kingdom at the culmination of Lane Library's summer reading program raffle, which was held Aug. 5, courtesy of the Friends of Lane Library. Hampton residents Ella Olsen and Danielle Apple walked away with the tickets. Other prizes, donated by area vendors, included a skateboard deck from Pioneers Board Shop, Silly Bandz! from the Great American Country Store, and gift certificates to Las Olas, Galley Hatch, Loop-T-Scoop, Lagos. In total, 65 prizes were distributed. In addition, all 347 participants in the reading program received a book selected by assistant children's librarian Joanne Mulready. "We take donations throughout the year for that," said head of children's services Paulina Shadowens. "We take the ones that are gently used. Joanne puts a great deal of thought into selecting the perfect book for each child." This year, the readers logged 2,815 hours. Every year, the number of participants increases, according to Shadowens. "We had one girl come in, she'd logged 79 hours," Shadowens said. "She's a phenomenal reader. We have some really avid readers here." According to Wendy Rega, an assistant in the children's room, the shows were also quite popular this year with 1,591 people attending. These included movies, story times and the bigger shows such as Peter Bois, Wayne from Maine and Wildlife Encounters. The program, held every summer, is for Hampton children from preschool to Grade 6. The schools have provided support for the program for two years, which, according to Shadowens, has made a huge difference. "Both Centre and Marston schools let me come in and speak to the classes. At Marston, it was part of an end-ofthe-year assembly, and at Centre I spoke to each grade. Since this started two years ago, we've seen our numbers double," Shadowens said. The program is sponsored by the collaborative summer library program, a nationwide organization that encourages summer reading for children. The program provides cutouts and bookmarks at a reduced price to participating libraries. Participating in a summer reading program is crucial for keeping students up to speed. "There have been numerous studies finding those who read throughout the summer not only maintain but often go into the school year at an advantage," Shadowens said. "Also, for them, they really enjoy it. There are no mandatory book lists. They get to explore and read what they want." For more information about the library and its various programs: http://www.hampton.lib.nh.us/
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