Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 25, 2014

Greenup County library reading program not only for the young

GREENUP — The Greenup County Public Library’s summer reading program encourages young and old alike to read, with participants logging their reading of books, magazines, or e-books and checking in each week at any branch.

The reading list is laid out in a bingo game format, with each space representing a different genre; genres include mystery, Western, historical, nonfiction and many others. Each week when the reader checks in, he or she is given a coin, and at the end of the program all of the accumulated coins can be exchanged at the program book sale.

The kickoff of the program on Thursday was sponsored by area businesses, including King’s Daughters Medical Center, and medical personnel were on hand for health screenings that included checking blood glucose levels and blood pressure. Other sponsors included  McDonald’s, Camden Park, First and Peoples Bank and Stultz Pharmacy.

Individuals and families such as Donald and Louise Hicks, the Sandifer family and James E. Armstrong also helped sponsor the event, all with the common goal of promoting reading in the area.

Children’s librarian Vicki Hughes was ecstatic about the massive turnout for the 2014 summer event.

 “We weren’t sure about having it at the library at first,” Hughes said. Previous kickoffs were at a local church because of space requirements. “But we decided that we could use the new library and make any needed adjustments. Then next year it can only get better.”

Hughes said everyone was patient, and she was pleased with the number who participated. Readers were encouraged to register early for the free event, and as a result they got a jump on the “competition” by gaining extra time to read and accumulate coins.

But readers were also able to sign up at the kickoff event (or if they missed the event, then after June 2). This made planning the event more difficult, but Hughes said the important thing was participation, regardless of when the readers started.

The event was all about food and fun. Library staff and volunteers prepared hot dogs, set up bounce houses and passed out the program reading lists to early bird registers and latecomers alike. Corn toss games were set up for older children and adults, and in carnival fashion there were balloons, face painting and  a visit from Ronald McDonald.

“People start asking about the kickoff as early as February,” Hughes said. “The mothers and the kids at Story Hour get super excited, and other kids and adults look forward to it as well. We have had a lot of support and success so far, and we look forward to doing it for years to come.”


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