The Nashville Public Library wrapped up its Summer Reading Program for youth at the Community Center of Nashville on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. This year’s five-week reading program, “Read to the Rhythm” involved 72 children (who completed the program) and 12 student volunteers.
As the featured entertainment, Emmy Award winning singers and songwriters, Jan and George Syrigos of WildHeart, involved the audience in singing many animal tunes that taught interesting facts about wildlife. Following the entertainment, all reading program participants, who completed the program, received award certificates, a prize of their choice, and several coupons from local businesses. Coupons included a one-day pool pass to the Nashville Memorial Park Pool, a mini-blizzard at Dairy Queen, a beef taco from Hardees, a Tropical Sno cone, and a McDonalds’ ice cream cone. The top 50 readers also received a coupon for a bomb pop from Caseys. Ice cream for the party was supplied by the Washington County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and parents supplied additional refreshments.
Prizes, which included mostly books and other program-themed rewards, were largely funded through local contributions and donations from local businesses. Additional funding for this year’s Summer Reading Program also came from a B.C.M.W. Community Services Youth Development grant. A separate ad in this week’s Nashville News mentions all contributors to the library’s Summer Reading Program.
The Summer Reading Program kicked off on June 10 at the Community Center of Nashville and combined all age groups. Leonardo, the “guitar hero,” presented his “Rockin’ & Reading!” show. The following four weeks, children were divided into three grade-level sessions that each met for one hour a week at the library. Weekly programs included a mixture of stories, crafts, and games for younger children going into kindergarten through second grades. Programs for older children in third through sixth grades involved crafts, a trivia contest, and special programs.
Special programs this summer for the Wednesday sessions included Hannah Kroener, recently graduated from NCHS, who entertained younger children with her guitar during a Rock and Roll themed program. On July 8, Sonya Doerr from Sonya’s Gotta Dance Studio taught the younger children about the history of tap and rhythm. She had two of her students, Mia Goedken and Sophia Doerr, give a tap demonstration.
Thursday special programs included Don and Delayna Beattie who taught the children about famous composers and their music. The Beatties played their electronic keyboard together, demonstrating songs from several composers. The following week, Steve Browne and Amanda Bathon, music directors at Nashville High School and Nashville Middle School respectively, talked to the children about different musical instruments, the school bands, and being a musician. Another special program featured Mad Science of St. Louis with their “Sounds like Science” program that demonstrated how sounds are made. All of the children in the Wednesday sessions were invited to attend this special Thursday program also.
Each week that a child brought their book log to the library showing that they read books throughout the week, he/she received a small prize incentive from the library’s treasure chest. The Wednesday morning group (K-2 grades) read a total of 14,730 pages and the Wednesday afternoon group (K-2 grades) read a total of 18,188 pages. The Thursday afternoon group (3rd-6th grades) read a total of 39,503 pages. The student volunteer helpers, seventh grade through high school, read a total of 6,010 pages. Total pages read this summer for all age groups was 78,431 pages!
Top ten readers in the reading program included Brooklyne Luessenheide (4,411 pages), Hope Bushway (3,885 pages), Danica Hamilton (3,504 pages), Jolie Cearnal (3,056 pages), Hayden Finke and Natalie Finke (2,548 pages), Julie Helbig (2,333 pages), Rodney Helbig (2,268 pages), Kylie Valdivia (2,071 pages), and Lucy Baldwin (1,801 pages). Among the student helpers, the top reader was Chase Kling with 4,268 pages.
Student helpers this year included Ryan Bass, Brendan Baum, Deanna Ernst, Aden Hill, Chase Kling, Kylee Malone, Avery Meade, Hannah Meade, Kolaiah Nelson, Elley Szopinski, Dominic Waltemate, and Mia Waltemate. Two adult volunteers, Janet Seyler and Linda Kemper, assisted weekly with the program. Linda Summers, library director, and Stephanie Goedken, assistant librarian, coordinated the weekly activities for participants.
Next year’s theme for the Nashville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program will be “Read for the Win!”