ROMULUS PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES THE END OF OUR MOST SUCCESSFUL SUMMER READING PROGRAM – 2018!

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Summer Reading Program at the Romulus Library! A total of 252 kids and adults participated in this year’s program, which is an increase of 31.25% over last year. We had a total of 937 people attend our programs this year, an increase of 56.17% from last year and a 164% of participants who completed the reading sheets – great job participants!

Summer Reading is important to the learning development of children/teens because it keeps them engaged in reading while school is not in session. Summer Reading Programs are a significant factor in improving reading skills and preventing the loss of learning during the summer months, also known as “summer slide”. According to schoollibraryjournal.com, “…children who read at least six books during the summer maintained or improved their reading skills, while children who didn’t read any saw their skills slip by as much as an entire grade level”. Studies show that children who participate in Summer Reading Programs also have higher test scores than those who do not participate.

Wings Financial Credit Union was our main sponsor this year and we could not have pulled off our summer programming without their generous monetary donation. We are extremely grateful to everyone who donated to our Summer Reading Programs and give special thanks to the Huron Township Rotary for their donation, Blue Sky Ice Cream and Hamburgers for donating passes for FREE ice cream and to Zap Zone for providing bookmarks that allow kids a FREE attraction and one of our grand prizes – a FREE birthday party! More thanks to the Henry Ford, Midway Sports and Entertainment, and the Detroit Zoo for donating AWESOME prizes for participating in summer reading!

Also, a special thanks to the Friends of the Library for donating ice cream and giving out free books at our kickoff and thank you to the Romulus Police and Fire Departments, the many volunteers who helped make our Summer Reading Kickoff Carnival a success, and the Romulus Athletic Center for hosting our finale party!

We were fortunate to receive three grants from the MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND

CULTURAL AFFAIRS and the MICHIGAN HUMANITIES COUNCIL that helped fund, in part, the following programs: Baffling Bill, Lori Fithian’s “Drummunity”, and Beverly Meyer, aka “The Music Lady”. Other performers this summer included, Magician and Entertainer, Cameron Zvara, Exotic Zoo, and Yo-Yo Tricks.

See you next summer!

Jessica Wilhoite, Assistant Director/Youth Services Librarian