Almost 300 sign up for summer reading
Children and parents flocked into the Baldwin City Public Library June 1 to start checking out books for the annual summer reading program.
Around 283 children and 30 adults came into the library for the summer program, but only 268 children and 11 adults enrolled.
"It was wonderful," said Becky McMillen, summer reading coordinator. "We had a show and that really helped. We almost always have a big crowd. It was about what we expected."
The first week the children were entertained by a magician. Jim Wright put on two magic shows in the morning for the children.
Librarian Kathy Johnston agreed the show brought more children into the library.
"I thought the turnout was wonderful," Johnston said. "We always have a bigger group when she (McMillen) has a show."
The summer reading program runs from June 1 to July 13. During that time, children have to complete the requirement for the grade they will be entering in the fall to receive a certificate. McMillen said the requirement for a certificate depends on the number of weeks the program lasts.
Second-graders and older have to either read six books or 600 pages. Children entering Kindergarten or younger are required to have 20 books read to them. First-graders can either be readers or listeners, depending on their reading level.
At the end of the program, those who have completed the required number of books can attend the annual swimming party at the Baldwin City Pool on July 15.
McMillen said summer reading is supposed to be fun for the children.
"The point of the summer reading program is to enjoy reading," McMillen said. "I want them to read and read what they want to, or as long as it is close to their reading level."
Top readers for each grade level receive a medallion and have a book donated to the library in their name.
Every Wednesday during the six-week program, the children will be entertained. Next week's story time will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the BCPL. The story will be "King and Queens and Other Royal Things."
Future weeks include a visit from the police and fire departments, board games and a renaissance fair.
Last year's top readers were Tucker Austin, Madi Jaskiewicz, Quinton Correa, Randall Pape, Ashleigh Hagen, Levi Lisle, Lexi Lisle, Dylan Swain, Nolan Peters, Stephen Beegle, Elicia Beegle, Joel Austin, Bryan Peters, Bethany Swain, Regan Smith and Amber Black.
"It's been really successful every year, and it keeps getting bigger each year," McMillen said.