The Kids Love the Conservancy (parents too)!

We all know that libraries rock, and Way Library in Perrysburg really brought that message home with its 2018 Summer Reading Program. Titled Libraries Rock and sponsored by O-I, the summer-long program encouraged local kids to win prizes and help out a local nonprofit just by reading!

Summer reading programs have proven to develop strong reading skills among young people, by giving them time with lots of books and the opportunity for fun side activities. Overall, summer reading programs generate interest in libraries and books, and offer good fun and family time.

In Perrysburg, kids earned raffle tickets, which were used to participate in drawings for a monster teddy bear, bikes and other prizes. They also earned a sticker for each book they read, and used them to vote for their favorite nonprofit, which included three great organizations – Hannah’s Socks, Mom’s Mobile Mission and Black Swamp Conservancy. Stickers were placed on and around guitar posters on a wall display, and followed throughout the summer.

Program attendance was up about 100 children from the year before, with 681 participating in the Summer Reading Program. In addition, more than 3,500 children and teens attended library events over the summer, and 250 people attended the reading program’s first-ever kick-off party.

In the end, the Conservancy earned the most votes, and won a cash prize! We are thrilled that lots of kids and families know and support the Conservancy. More important, though, was that the number of stickers used represented a lot of kids reading over this past summer.