As August makes its way past the halfway mark, things are winding down in the Children’s Room – no longer are there throngs of children waiting to get their reading logs stamped as soon as the library opens. The game concludes this Friday, roughly two weeks before public schools open on September 10th. Participants in our popular reading game promised to read (or be read to) for three hours a week, which means that over 650 kids collectively racked up something like 20,000 hours of reading activity over ten weeks of summer.
Did I say 20,000 hours of reading? Yes!! In recognition of that astronomical number and to acknowledge the transition between the long, lazy days of summer reading and the shorter, more structured days of fall, the Children’s Room staff is planning an awesome party. It’s our chance to thank the readers, the library lovers, and the community of families that has made the library their go-to hangout this summer.
This year’s End-of-Summer Party takes place on Friday, September 7 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm in the Peter Dreyfus Garden (just below the library) and in the beautiful redwoods surrounding the Old Mill Park Amphitheater stage. It’s a great opportunity to meet your friends and neighbors and engage in some play – we’ll have music, hula hoops, games, crafts, and free ice cream for all the kids. The extraordinary Mike L. Miller will provide thousands of airborne bubbles and Children’s Room staff will be helping out, and eager to get your feedback on our summer activities.
Whether you’ve been a library power user, an occasional visitor, or a reader on vacation, please come celebrate with us! And don’t forget to check our schedule of End-of-Summer movies and games days running from August 27 – September 5. Kids can continue to pick up prizes and get their logs stamped through September.
See you at the party!