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Successful Summer Reading Program comes to a messy end

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - Updated: 10:01 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- This year's Summer Reading Program at the Fort Plain Free Library concluded with wild paint storm on Friday during the first-ever Splatter-Paint bonanza, wherein dozens of kids made canvases of one another, bringing the extremely well-attended program to an official close.

The six week program, said Director Whitney Hubbard, was the most well-attended in the three years she's overseen it. "Our attendance this year was phenomenal," Hubbard said, noting that the volunteer turnout was also huge.

About ten solid, teenage volunteers attended regularly, and numerous adults -- including several Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School teachers -- facilitated programs and assisted with various tasks.

The program also received assistance from 30-plus parent and community volunteers, Hubbard said, explaining, "there are different layers of volunteerism that occur, and it's all crucial. All the different types of volunteers are what make the Summer Reading Program possible."

Local organizations also lent time and resources. Hubbard said that Sue Rocas, who heads the youth programming department for the Mohawk Valley Library System was also essential in the program's planning and success.

Community volunteers included Joanne Resch, who not only generated creative programming ideas, but facilitated several different events, including Joanne's Art Box each Wednesday. Joanne's son, John Resch, was also involved, providing music lessons every Tuesday.

As each day carried a theme, Hubbard pointed out that Superhero Training, held each Friday, graduated numerous heros after six weeks of training Friday. During the graduation, each official hero received a special, hand-sewn cape, created the night prior.

Hubbard was thrilled that this year's program was so well attended, with hundreds of kids coming through the library, packing the facility to the brim on an almost-daily basis. She was especially excited that the program went off without a hitch, she explained, because last year's flood forced a truncated 2013 Summer Reading season.

Not only did a "ton of new kids" attend the Summer Reading Program this year, but Hubbard explained that Story Hour was also extremely popular, with standard attendance skyrocketing from 10 kids a day to between 18 and 25. That program also had a significant amount of parent involvement.

"Thank you to all the kids, parents, volunteers and facilitators who supported us this summer," Hubbard stated sincerely.

Hubbard said that though the Summer Reading Program concluded, the kids have one more event to look forward to -- the Summer Reading Program Ceremony.

Through the summer, Hubbard filmed various activities, and plans on creating a mini-movie to screen for the kids, parents and all who wish to attend.

On the first day of the program, attendees each wrote a letter and a list of things they'd like to accomplish, which were compiled and buried in the library yard. That box will be dug up and letters will be read during the upcoming, as-yet-unscheduled ceremony.

     

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