Last Wednesday, Aug. 7, Yoncalla Librarian Jill Cunningham and the Yoncalla Library staff and volunteers welcomed children and parents gathered to recognize another successful year of summer reading.
Children, ages 2-12, gathered weekly to connect with friends, participate in engaging art, science and movement activities and celebrate reading, with 35 Yoncalla children participating. Combined, these readers logged 185 hours of reading (11,100 minutes).
The summer reading program is just one of many important programs the library offers to Yoncalla residents. Other programs include Crazy Eights Math Club, Summer Reading for Teens, Adult Summer Reading Program, Leap into Science, a science program for school aged students, and the YonDr Book Club.
Don Hakala, the new Yoncalla Elementary Principal, participated in an annual tradition: A water balloon fight. During the program, children earn water balloons by logging their summer reading minutes. On the last day of programming, each child is given a bag of water balloons to launch at adults. Over 300 water balloons were thrown at library staff and volunteers, parents and school staff this year.
Yoncalla Early Works, Yoncalla School District and Yoncalla Library continue to partner to ensure all children and families in Yoncalla have opportunities to read, both at home and in the community.
Over 100 books were distributed during this summer's reading program.