Though our Summer Reading Program ended yesterday, there are still a few weeks left before school begins. We’ll miss having children in the library, making crafts, playing with toys, reading with babysitters, and choosing books to take home for parents to read to them.

We’ve also had a steady stream of tweens playing video games each day, and the library will be too quiet when they head back to class. But of course, there are always afternoons and Saturdays. As the older tweens get involved with sports, we’ll see them less. But a new round of youngsters will likely fill the seats of the five computers in the Tween/Teen area.

Our summer went by rapidly, with two-to-three activities each week during June and July. We’ve been asking those who attended what types of activities their children enjoy most, and what times of the day, and days of the week work best. If you have children or grandchildren, please weigh in and we’ll adjust our schedule. We’re already determining whether to change up our events, breaking out age groups to better meet those needs. This is especially true with the movies we show. We want them to be age appropriate, and will take suggestions for new movies to show next year. I’m sure the kids would tell us fresh popcorn is non-negotiable.

We’ll continue offering incentives for children and adults to read all through June and July. Our prize baskets have been especially popular this year, but coupons and books made wonderful prizes too. We enjoy spreading the fun of reading, with readers mainly competing with themselves.

August may bring the dog days of summer, but the library remains cool and we have lots of comfortable seating where you can sit to ready and relax. You might even find a pitcher of lemonade in the fridge to enjoy in the Cafe while you chill. Stretch your summer out just a little longer!