By Thomas Halek and Donna Larson
Read to the Rhythm Video by Thomas Halek
The Rush City Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program, Read To The Rhythm, led by Branch Librarian, Donna Larson, helped kids beat the “Summer Slide.”
Donna Larson Photo by Mike Willett
Summer Slide Infographic Infographic by Dominican University Research: Close The Reading Gap
The Family Team Bingo project enabled all ages from toddlers to grandparents to get in on the fun. Each team’s mission, for those who accepted it, was to complete a Bingo card featuring 25 reading, learning, and family-togetherness activities. Bingo cards finished by August 8 were eligible for the grand prize drawing – a Kindle Fire HD – which was won by Team A Johnson.
Team A Johnson (Left to right) Alissa, Alaina and Andy Johnson Photo by Donna Larson
Teens & Tweens (ages 12-17) earned prizes when they read and participated in various activities on their Teen Ticket. One feature encouraged them to “Read a Book: Write a Song!” For each book read, participants earned the right to place notes on a musical staff to complete a measure. Eight measures completed (i.e., 8 books read) became a tune. Rush City musician Troy Heling then wrote the song “Ripples” from the tunes created by the reading Teens. The grand prize Kindle Fire HD was captured by 15-year-old Chad Fleischhacker, while Lucy Thrippleton earned runner-up honors.
Troy Heling Photo by Thomas Halek
Chad Fleischhacker Photo by Thomas Halek
Elementary and Preschool children who read and were read to tracked their progress on Reading Logs. Prizes were earned for every 2 hours of reading, and children who completed 16:40 hours were eligible for fabulous grand prize drawings. A delighted 11-year-old Jorja Brown won the Kindle Fire HD at this level. Daniel Weihmann and Nevaeh Sucky earned other bonus prizes. Eighty children in this age group earned at least one prize for their summer reading efforts.
Challenges on the Family Bingo project and Teen Ticket included the task of “Finding Elvis.” When located, participants shot a selfie with the iconic musician and emailed it to the librarian.
Eight Rush City businesses hosted “Elvis” for one week:
Barb Johnson, Owner of the Historic Grant House, welcoming Elvis Photo by Donna Larson
Community involvement made all the difference in this year’s reading program.
Rush Printing produced the large window banner encouraging participation in the program and recognizing Ardent Mills as the program’s Mega Sponsor. The Rush City Ardent Mills was started in 1911.
Widow Banner Designed and Printed by Jill Haugrud, Rush Printing