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Children’s, teen summer reading programs wrap up


Well, the Children’s and Teen Summer Reading Program at the Crawfordsville District Public Library has been quite different this year. We want to thank those of you who participated either online or by using the paper chart/tickets. The deadline to finish the goal was July 31. However, we are extending that date to Aug. 14.

The only mission the children and teens had this summer was to draw a picture or write a brief summary of what they want to be when they grow up. We have those pictures hung in the gallery. Anyone is welcome to take a look at those great pictures.

We would like to thank the following sponsors for donating coupons for ice cream or pizza for our program this summer: Brother’s Pizza, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s and Pizza Hut. The children really are thrilled when they earn these coupons.

We are not doing in-person programs yet. We are, however, sending out stories, crafts and art projects through email. If you would like to receive those emails, please let us know by emailing and we’ll get you on the list.

Have you heard of The Young Hoosier Book Program? It started in 1974 and is run by the Indiana Library Federation to encourage Indiana students to read for fun. There are 20 books in the Picture Book section, 20 in the Intermediate section and 20 in the Middle Grade section. Students read the books in the section and send in a vote for their favorite one. After all the votes have been tallied in May the winners are announced for each section.

Speaking of the YHBA since we cannot get together to have books clubs, Ms. Janella is starting a book club via email for kindergarten through second graders. She will be reading the Picture Book Young Hoosier Nominees. She will be reading four books each month that you can listen to through email. There will be a packet at the library for you to pick up with a fun activity to do for each book she reads. The August packets are ready to be picked up and the stories have been sent out via our email list. You do the activities at home. Then come back the first week in September and get the new packet.

The last packet will be given out the first of December. Once you have the December packet finished, vote on your favorite book and return the slip (in the packet) to Ms. Janella. She will then send in the results for your favorites to be counted with all the other students that voted in Indiana and the winner will be announced in May. How exciting would that be if the book you liked the best was the winner?

You must register for this book club by calling 765-362-2242 ext. 2. Even though we are not doing a book club for the intermediate or middle grade section, students are encouraged to do that on their own if they want a say in what the best book should be. We have two copies of each YHB that can be checked out at this time.

The library is still in our “grab and go” phase. When you come in to grab a book to read, make sure to stop by the Youth Services desk to say hello. We’d love to see you!


Karen Record is the Youth Services Department Head at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. She contributed this week’s Preview Shelf column.


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