Summer Reading in full swing

Summer Reading started at the Lone Cone Library in early June. Now, the programs are in full swing. Library director Carrie Andrew said that the library has some great things to offer the community for summer reading, and many people are participating.

“We had a terrific turnout during our first few weeks of programs,” she said. “This year we have something for everyone.”

Each year, the summer reading programs function under a specific theme. This year, that theme is “Libraries Rock.” It’s based on music, said library administrative assistant Brandi Platt. She said people can still enroll at this time. It’s not too late to sign up.

For ease and efficiency, the library has implemented an online registration system this year. Platt said those interested can visit the website to get started:  loneconelibrary. php?progId=1.

“So far, parents have really liked the self-registration online,” she said. “It has made things a lot easier. There is less paperwork to fill out and sign.”

Still, library patrons can still pick up packets from the library in the traditional manner, like they have in the past.

The program officially started on June 6, and it will end on July 27. There will be no programming, though, the week of July 4.

As usual, library staff have created age group divisions for participants. The early literacy group (birth through first grade) is held on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

The tween group (kids in grades second through sixth) is held on Fridays from 10 am. to noon.

The teen group (those in grades seventh through 12th) is on Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m. The weekly meetings are a great way for youth of the same age group to gather. Still, Platt said kids don’t have to attend all of the weekly meetings to participate in summer reading.

“We understand summer is a busy time for families,” she said. “We do encourage kids to turn in reading logs weekly if possible. For the older kids, we have a goal to meet over the summer. Their names will all be entered in for a drawing for a prize, and they can each win a book of their choice for turning in their logs.”

Platt agreed that the kick-off to summer reading was very successful.

“We had a great turnout,” she said.

She reminds all that there are prizes to be won. The awards vary in the youth divisions.

As part of the adult summer reading program, the library will have a drawing for a $50 gift card from Clark’s Market of Nowood. To be eligible, adult participants must have a library card that is current. They must also read at least two books, or listen to at least two audio books, that they’ve checked out from the library. The drawing for the gift card will be held on July 31 at 4:30 p.m. Participants don’t have to be present to win.

Anyone with questions should contact Platt by calling the library at 327-4833 or by emailing her at