The 2022 “Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading Program was a great success!
The Awards ceremony took place at each branch in the Bienville Parish Library system. The attendance was 192 participants for all inhouse performances with 1,804 books checked out in the 3 to 8-year-old group, and a whopping 28,466 pages read in the 9 to 13 and 14 to 17-year-old groups. This is a phenomenal success considering the Summer Reading Program was going on at the same time as summer school, sport camps, summer vacations, and Vacation Bible School programs.
There was a tidal wave of fun and entertaining performers that began in June with the Kinders kicking off the summer registration, next was Mr. Ricky Davis who entertained the children with songs and stories. Mr. Davis also drew in an adult following that enjoyed his music and stories as well! All Bienville Parish Libraries skipped the week that issued in the newest Federal holiday, “Juneteenth” and picked up the following week with Karen Konnerth and the Calliope Puppets. Finishing out the month of June and first week in July, was Daisy the world-famous pig and Farmer Minor. They celebrated their retirement tour with stories and farewell smooches! Everyone celebrated Independence Day and on July 6th through July 8th we discovered the oceans with Shana Smith and Friends with a Banana Beach party!
A perennial favorite, Elizabeth Vidos also known as “Lady Chops” introduced participants with new percussion devices that mimic the sounds of the ocean waves and the rhythms of the ocean. Feedback from the children, parents, and grandparents was great and everyone had a wonderful time seeing school friends and visiting with their favorite librarians!
The Top Readers were honored with prizes, certificates of achievement and showers of confetti and streamers! The special treats were ocean blue frosted cupcakes, and snow cones in oceanic colors of crystal blue raspberry, indigo grape and red buoy cherry flavors!
All the children that finished the program received their brag tags, a reading certificate, and a small bag prize. Each library in the system selected their Top Readers of the 2022 Summer Reading Program!
Below is a list from each library of their top reader by age group! We congratulate children, their parents, grandparents and caregivers that attended our performances and brought their children in to take part in the 2022 “Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading Program at their neighborhood Bienville Parish Library!
2022 SRP Reading Champion
Bienville Parish Library System
Landry and Norah Burns
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