Summer Reading Program is a Wrap! Children, Teens Read a Total 48,724 Minutes

Everyone did a great job reading this summer! “Oceans Of Possibilities” Summer Reading group photo, with reading certificates, medals and prizes in hand.

By Vanessa Hicks

Vinita Library Director

The Vinita Public Library registered 105 children and teens for this year’s Summer Reading Program “Oceans of Possibilities” which began on June 3.  This year the library included an Adult Reading Program, which was well received with 27 library members registering.

The culmination of the children’s hard work was rewarded with an end of summer reading event on July 29. The children read a whopping total of 48,724 minutes, equaling 812 hours! Participants who turned in reading logs received a “Reading is Leading” medal, a certificate, and a coupon for a personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.

Reading champions by age category are as follows: PreK – 2nd grade champion is Ariel Darnell, who read 2,462 minutes; runner-up is Heather Farbro with 1,830 minutes read; and third is Kenzely Roberts, who read 1,660 minutes. 

Kallay Thiems, is the reading champion for the age division of grades 3rd -6th. Kallay read 2,662 minutes.  Runner-up is Shane Thulin, who read 2,502 minutes and third is Hannah Waggoner with 1,760 minutes read.

In the Teen division, grades 7th – 12th champion is Lilly White who logged 12,480 reading minutes, runner-up is Reagan Rudd with 4,278 minutes read, and third is Johnathan Satterwhite with 2,428 minutes read. 

Reading Champions in each age division received a Waterproof Digital Kids Camera.  Prizes for 2nd and 3rd place included Sharkopoly, Oceanopoly, Coral Reef science kit, Sharks of the World Science kit, Ocean Animal card games, and Water Doddle Mat.

A random drawing was held for adult prize packages which went to Kristyn Thiems and Natasha Hiseley. Prize packages included a bag of Keagan’s Coffee and a mug from The Coffee Shelter, tote bags, insulated ocean themed tumblers, ocean themed word search book and Sprout Pencils.

Kristyn Thiems, left, and Natasha Hiseley

Under the direction of Children and Young Adult (CYA) Program Director Mary Post, the summer reading program offered themed weeks, which included story time, games and crafts.  The library brought in 2 special programs; the Finer Arts of Oklahoma program “Unchartered Waters”, and Magic By Tangles.  Throughout the summer, the children were encouraged to fill out reading logs and check out library books.  Some of those books had a gold coin hidden in the pocket.  If it was selected for check out then the child selected a prize.

CYA Director Post said, “Everybody did such an amazing job this year – adults and kids both! We had a great and unexpected turnout, about double what we had last summer. As well as a lot of extra visitors that participated in our programs.”

“I think that adding the adult category this year helped encourage their children to read more, and it really shows in the numbers just the kind of impact that reading alongside a child can have.”

The library staff and Post are excited to start planning for next year’s Summer Reading Program which is titled “All Together Now: Kindness, Friendship & Unity”.

Children who were not able to attend the program on July 29 may pick up their certificate at the library. 

The library appreciates all the support received from the City of Vinita, volunteers Julia Childers and Loudan Hicks, and donations from the following local organizations and businesses: Vinita Lions Club, Vinita Rotary Club, Shout & Sack, Pizza Hut, Subway, and the Coffee Shelter. 

This program is made possible by a grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services, and statewide sponsor The Oklahoma Department of Libraries

For more information on the summer reading program and other library programs, call the library at 918-256-2115. Follow the library @vinita library on Facebook and Instagram.

Register for Summer Programs at the Library

Dive into “Oceans of Possibilities” this summer as the Vinita Public Library presents their summer reading program.  Registration and Kick-Off are on Friday, May 27 from noon to 2:00 p.m. for children, teens and adults.  At registration, receive a summer reading packet, including reading log and calendar, reading goody bag and a sweet treat from the snow cone truck.

Children’s programs will be on Fridays in June at 10:30 am, as well as July 8th , and a wrap up party on July 29th at 11:00 am. Activities include story time, games, snacks, crafts, and art projects with an ocean theme, like shell painting, Tropical Bingo, and sand art necklaces.  Children six years of age and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The library will bring in two special programs for summer reading. “Unchartered Waters” by Finer Arts of Oklahoma will be at the library on June 17 at 10:30 am. This interactive program shares stories, chanties and undersea secrets using drama, games and other silliness.

“Magic by Tangles” will present at summer reading on July 8 at 10:30 am. This is an interactive storytelling event featuring sea creatures and pirates.  The special programs are free and open to all. 

New to the library this summer are programs for teens, and adults. Teen programs will be at 2:00 pm on June 3, 17, and July 8.  Teens will enjoy programs and art projects, such as a Bob Ross paint along.

Adult 18+ who are Vinita Public Library account holders are invited to register for the adult program.  Adults can be entered into a prize drawing after they have completed reading 5 or more books and turn in their reading log by July 22. 

The deadline for all reading logs to be turned in is July 22.  There will be an Awards and Splash Pad day for all age groups on July 29 at 11:00 am.

Summer reading program is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Science Foundation. The library also thanks local businesses and organizations that generously donate funds and prize coupons to provide reading incentives for the community.

For more information, call the library at 918-256-2115, email at library@cityofvinita.com, or come by the library at 215 West Illinois, Monday through Friday from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (7 pm on Thursday) and from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm on Saturdays. Follow the Vinita library on Facebook for updates.

Visit the Vinita Library to sign up for summer reading and see the display of Summer Reading Prizes for all age groups. 

Library Board to meet May 17

The Vinita Library Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, May 17 at noon in the Vinita Library Room.

Agenda

  1. Call Meeting to Order
  • Roll Call; Declaration of a Quorum
  • Discussion, consideration, and possible action on approval of minutes of the March 2022 meeting
  • Discussion, consideration, and possible action on approval of Librarian’s Combined Report: Income and Expense, Statement of Financial Condition, and Activity
  • Old Business ; City Council on April 19, 2022 approved the reappointments of board members Barbara Wiles, Linda Hatcher and Irene Conine to a 3 year term upon recommendation of the Library Board of Directors.  

Review of Material Reconsideration Policy

Is there an update from any board members on inquiry of the bike rack from several years ago that was at the side of the library building?

  • New Business ; Review Circulation/Interlibrary Loan Policy
  • Adjourn

*Note – The annual meeting of the Library Foundation Board will immediately follow.