Summer program helps instill the love of reading

To the editor:

We’ve had several huge changes this year at the library but with the generous support of individuals and area businesses, we were once again able to provide the children in Mifflin County with a summer reading program during the break from school. This year’s theme, Dig into Reading @ your library, was as big a success as ever. A total of 20,093 books were read this summer by 543 participating children and teens. As you may know, every summer we offer children of all ages the chance to read great books and earn prizes. I am a big proponent of positive reinforcement and I believe that providing a child (or in the case of the infant readers, the parent) with a small reward for reading will lead to that child’s greater love of reading. For example, I love reading. And my fondest memory of the Mifflin County Library’s summer reading program is my certificate for participation that I received; in other words, my positive reinforcement. To this day, the elementary and intermediate students receive a certificate for reading. Only now it is from me. This is a long-standing tradition that I hope will continue for years to come.

The summer reading program is for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children and teens. The teen program (for students going into grade 6 to high school) was different this year. The Friends of the Mifflin County Library provided weekly drawings and then a grand prize drawing of an iPod Touch. Brooke Latherow, a regular patron of the Rothrock Branch Library in McVeytown, won. Congratulations Brooke. Ninety-three teens participated.

In addition to thanking the Friends, I’d also like to thank the following for helping make this year’s summer reading program an overwhelming success:

Kentucky Fried Chicken; Harshbarger’s Sub and Malt in McVeytown; the Original Italian Pizza in Burnham and the Downtown OIP; Dairy Queen; the Steelworkers Union Local 1940; the Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary; and Nikki Knepp, a library mom who help collect many of our donations.

Thank you to Community Partnerships RC&D for Butterfly Day. Thank you to Adam Swartz of Adam Swartz Puppets for providing a free sock puppet workshop to the children.

I want to thank our excellent staff, our director Molly Kinney, our board of trustees, our library volunteers and Junior Volunteers, as well as Miss Kelly and Miss Chris who do so much with so little.

My thanks, also, to the United Way of Mifflin and Juniata counties which helps fund the library all year long and to the generous people who give to the United Way. The Mifflin County Library is a United Way Agency.

Please use and support your local library. The library is the only place in the county that offers free wifi and a computer to use it, free downloadable eBooks and eAudio books and a person to show you how to use your portable device, free story times for children from birth to age five and an experience your child will never forget.

Use us, take advantage of our services. We want to be here serving Mifflin County for years and years to come.

Susan Miriello

Children’s Librarian

Mifflin County Library