OSWEGO – The 2016 Summer Reading Program at the Oswego Public Library drew in almost 400 participants of various ages and reading levels.
Readers kept track of either books or minutes read over the course of the six-week program.
A total of 417,200 minutes and 14,620 books were read in total by these participants.
“On your mark, Get set, READ!” Was the theme and fitting for the current Summer Olympics.
From story hours and crafts to local guest speakers, there was a program held daily with a total of 45 programs during the six weeks.
Themes of many of the programs were based on sports, the Olympics, wellness and exercise.
For the second year in a row, AmeriCorps members Monica Kahler and Rebecca Smith held a “Weekly Exercise Challenge” for readers to participate in.
Every week would be a new exercise and a once daily attempt would add an “exercise point” to the tally of their summer reading.
The challenge was non-competitive, but an opportunity for the children to set goals and to better their results every day while also being an incentive to earn bonus points.
“Thank you to everyone that participated in the Oswego Public Library Summer Reading Program. We had a great summer!” Smith said.