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August 2009

What’s New · Creature Feature 2009

Highlights from Creature Feature

More than 28,000 readers of all ages—preschoolers, kids, teens, parents, grandparents, and other adults—discovered the pleasures of reading together during the Library’s 36th annual Summer Reading program. From June 1 to July 31, they explored the riches of books, attended fun programs, and won prizes just for having fun reading!

This summer’s Creature Feature theme captured the imaginations of preschoolers, kids, and teens. They encountered creatures of all kinds between the covers of books and in-person at our creepy crawly programs such as “Wildlife Comes to You” with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Upon completing the final level of the program, more than 17,000 of these sensational summer readers earned the treasured book prize and proudly displayed their “A Library Superstar Lives Here” yard signs for all to see!

Together, the entire family experienced the power of the Library’s Summer Reading program. Overall program participation increased by nearly 6 percent from last year! Plus, by participating alongside the Library Superstars in their lives, adults generated superstar powers of their own and became Reading Role Models. Research suggests that seeing adults engaged in reading for pleasure is one of the best ways to promote childhood literacy and help children grow into happy, productive, and literate adults.

Special thanks to our Summer Reading Program sponsors the Friends of the Public Library and the Anderson Township Library Association. Additional support was provided for the Kids Program by the H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, co-trustees; the Kersten Fund; United Dairy Farmers; the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden; and for the Adult Program by Joseph-Beth Booksellers.

And congratulations to all of the Library Superstars and their Reading Role Models!