STEUBENVILLE – While the numbers show children embraced books for fun during the summer months, they weren’t the only age group to take part in the library’s Oceans of Possibilities summer reading program public of Steubenville and Jefferson County.
More than 1,300 people took part.
“Kids, adults and teens came out in record numbers this summer to participate and win chances to win big prizes like bikes, televisions, passes to the Pittsburgh Zoo and a trip for four to King’s Island”, said Misty Teasdale, Children’s Services Coordinator.
The countywide library system makes the reading program inviting from the moment patrons enter the library with decorations from life-size displays to professional programs that families can attend together, according to Teasdale.
“Attendees were able to enjoy fun interactive programs like a magic show with Jim Kleefeld and educational programs on topics like manatees and knots,” she says.
New this year, the library challenged businesses and organizations to register and read, watch or listen. The UPS store in Steubenville, for example, formed a team of five and won a free lunch from the library.
“It’s great to see the library offering events and initiatives that the whole community can participate in. Through this program, our store employees were able to compete with each other to see how many books we could read. We look forward to participating in more activities like this. commented participant Matt Gallabrese.
For those who missed this summer’s schedule, don’t worry, Teasdale noted. “It will return next year from June 5 with a ‘Tails and Tales’ animal theme.”