Families visiting the London Public Library this summer experienced a variety of entertainment.
Performers included magicians, jugglers, a ventriloquist, and musicians. Children also learned about wildlife by dissecting owl pellets and seeing live animals as meteorologists. COSI Outreach taught preschoolers about building and school-age children about magnets. Scientists performed experiments and children learned about experiments they could do themselves with everyday objects from home.
Library families also entertained themselves with hours of reading. Children who signed up for the summer reading program — Fizz, Boom, Read! — were expected to either read 100 books or read for 10 hours. Hundreds of local youth accepted the challenge. Those completing the task were awarded a small prize and a new book of their choosing, donated by the Friends of the Library group.
For the overachievers, a Super Reader Challenge was offered. Anyone finishing another 100 books or 10 hours of reading was entered into the grand prize drawing. Out of the 62 entries in the drawing, new bicycles were awarded, one each, to a preschooler, elementary age child, and a middle school child. Two lucky winners also received two passes each to Kings Island, donated by the theme park.
Winners of the bicycles were Emma Anderson, age 4, Phoebe Congleton, age 5, and Lana Kirts, age 11. Winners of the Kings Island tickets were Victoria Foust, age 10, and Saif Ullah, age 11.
Mary Anne Wood is the Youth Services Coordinator at the London Public Library, 20 E. First St., London. She can be reached at (740) 852-9543 or email email@example.com.