With the theme, “Dig into Reading,” the Somers Library buzzed with activities this summer and offered 95 summer reading programs. Special events included Bubbleology, Diggin up Spuds, Earth Movers, Digging into Nature with Animal Embassy, chess classes, pajama storytimes, and Magic the Gathering club meetings that kept children engaged in reading, learning, and socializing.
Attendance at all programs totaled 2,457, a 38-percent increase over last year. Current research shows that children who are actively engaged in summer reading excel over peers when they return to school.
Partnering with Primrose School and with Somers Intermediate School, almost 300 children recorded their reading progress and 100 of them read over 1,000 pages. All readers were recognized at the Library’s Ice Cream party on Aug. 14. They celebrated with ice cream donated by Cold Stone Creamery in Baldwin Place and with prizes from Somers Diner, Twist, Burger Barn, the Concession at Reis Park, and the Friends of the Somers Library.
To continue the success of the summer reading program, the library offers programs year-round including book buddies, story times and book clubs for all grades, anime and gaming clubs, story hours with related crafts, practice PSAT and SAT exams, babysitting, Lego days, reading to therapy dogs, outdoor storywalks, and more.
For additional information, see the library website at www.somerslibrary.org or call the library at 914-232-5717.