Thanks to all who made reading programs a success

Aug. 8, 2012

Public Forum:

The North Shore Library Youth Services Librarians would like to extend sincere thanks to all those who contributed to a very successful 2012 summer reading program, Dream Big, Read. We believe the reading program is instrumental in helping kids maintain and upgrade their reading abilities, instead of losing what they have learned throughout the school year. Eight hundred seventy-five children from Glendale, Fox Point, Bayside and River Hills, as well as surrounding communities, participated by reading and attending library events. Older youth also got involved, as more than 130 teens joined our teen summer reading program, You Are Here. Teens had their own reading incentives as well as many programs designed just for them.

Our main sponsors are The Friends of the North Shore Library and the Fox Point Foundation. They make the program possible, helping us bring talented performers to the library. Family programs that brought the most people out this summer included naturalist David Stokes, architect and Lego master John Peine, astounding magicians Jim Mitchell and Tom Burgermeister, The Chickadees, juggling with Steve Girman, the Schlitz Audubon Center's reptiles, the Sunset Playhouse, and Fox and Branch. Storytime for preschoolers featured stories about the night and night animals. Ages 1 and 2 enjoyed a Toddler Dance Party. Teens enjoyed a wide variety of programs such as Art Trooper's Hunger Games crafts, Sharpie Tie Dye crafts, a writer's workshop, an ice cream challenge, candy sushi, and a book club. Almost all ages could attend book clubs, movies and craft programs.

We'd also like to thank the many organizations who granted us reading incentives. Local ly, kids enjoyed prizes from Breadsmith, Toppers, Pizza Hut, the Next Chapter Book Shop, Cousins, Noodles & Company, Art Trooper, the Learning Shop, the Schlitz Audubon Center, and Big Backyard. Children were also delighted to earn coupons from the Pettit Ice Center, the Wisconsin State Fair, the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium, the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Milwaukee Brewers, First Stage Children's Theater, Discovery World, Milwaukee Festival City Symphony, the Betty Brinn Museum, Old World Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee County pools, the Domes, and the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Teens received many of the above, plus coupons from Jimmy John's, Stone Creek Coffee, and the Exclusive Company. The generosity of all of these organizations is tremendous, and we are grateful for their assistance.

North Shore Library Youth Services Librarians


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