Some familiar characters stopped by the finale for the “Dig into Reading” program this past Saturday. | Submitted
Some familiar characters stopped by the finale for the “Dig into Reading” program this past Saturday. | Submitted

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Children read more than 6,000 books during summer program

Published 11:45am Thursday, August 22, 2013

With more than 150 people in attendance, Mamie’s Place Children’s Library celebrated the end to their summer “Dig into Reading” program Saturday.
Autumn Yates, assistant director of Adeila M. Russell and Mamie’s Place Children’s Library, said that a total of 334 children registered for the program and set reading goals for the summer.
“They had to set their own goal, as long as it was more than 10 books,” Yates said.
Of those registered, 140 met their goal. All and all, children logged a total of 6,000 books for the summer.
A few recognizable faces made appearances at the event, including Blue’s Clues characters, Scooby Doo, Winnie the Poo and Snow White. Carnival style games, inflatable slides and train rides awaited those who attended the grand finale.
Yates said all those who met their goal received a green drawstring backpack with the “Dig Into Reading” theme printed on the back. A myriad of other prizes were also doled out, including gift certificates to local businesses, bookmarks with timers and a free pass to the McWane Center in Birmingham.
J.R.’s Sportsbar and Grill donated food to the event.
Yates said they believe a change to the format of the summer reading program contributed to the high attendance and participation.
“We offered about three programs a week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – and we had other weeks where we had four programs,” Yates said. “I think having so many programs helped the children continue to participate throughout the whole summer.”
Yates said in years past, children would sign up at the kickoff event but the participation dwindled off as the summer wore on. Factoring in the kickoff, regular summer programs and grand finale, Yates said a total of 1,850 people participated.

There was also an adult summer reading program. Library director Amy Huff said that 35 adults read a total of 600 books. The library also offered one special program a month for the adults, and hosted a Master Gardner’s Class, genealogy program and severe weather program.
Huff says they hope to build on this year’s success and plan on offering both programs again next year.

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