Kids cel­e­brate sum­mer read­ing at an­nual pic­nic

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— Kids and fam­i­lies packed the town park on Wed­nes­day to cel­e­brate the end of sum­mer read­ing with sweet treats, games and prizes.

More than 6,000 read­ers across the county par­tic­i­pated in the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary’s sum­mer read­ing pro­gram this year and many of them made their way to the park on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon for the an­nual pic­nic.

Chil­dren and their fam­i­lies cooled off with sweet treats from Kona Ice and Mister Sof­tee and en­joyed mu­sic, games and a visit from the book­mo­bile. But the high­light of the pic­nic for many of the young read­ers was the raf­fle draw­ing for prize bas­kets, which had themes such as Lego, Minecraft, out­door sports and fam­ily game night.

New to this year’s pic­nic was a spe­cial area in the park’s gazebo for teens to play life-size board game in­clud­ing Jenga and Ker Plunk. For many fam­i­lies, the pic­nic has be­come a fun sum­mer tra­di­tion.

“I’m thank­ful that they do this for the chil­dren,” said Pat Booth, of Elk­ton. “It’s a great way to end the sum­mer.”

Booth’s grand­daugh­ter, Madyson Pot­ter, 10, said she read around 20 books for the sum­mer read­ing pro­gram. She likes both chap­ter and mys­tery books but said the Harry Pot­ter se­ries is her fa­vorite.

“I like it be­cause my last name is Pot­ter,” she said.

NORTH EAST

Marissa Al­bert, 14, of Elk­ton, also en­joys the sum­mer read­ing pro­gram and has been par­tic­i­pat­ing for the past four or five years.

“It gives you a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how best to read,” she said.

Al­bert’s fa­vorite book she read this sum­mer was Roald Dahl’s “The BFG,” though what she likes best about the sum­mer read­ing pro­gram is that she gets to chose what books she reads. Al­bert also said she’s happy the li­brary has the read­ing pro­gram be­cause it gives her some­thing to do and a way to keep learn­ing dur­ing the sum­mer months.

“Our brains would be washed out if it wasn’t for the li­brary,” she said.

Though the pic­nic marked the un­of­fi­cial end of this year’s sum­mer read­ing pro­gram, read­ers can still turn in their logs at any CCPL branch through Satur­day, Aug. 13.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

Kier­sten Saru­bin, 10, Aden Ashby, 10, and Landon Saru­bin, 7, play Jenga dur­ing the CCPL sum­mer read­ing pic­nic.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

Kids par­tic­i­pate in a freeze dance game dur­ing the CCPL sum­mer read­ing pic­nic.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

The Mister Sof­tee truck proved to be a big hit with read­ers at the CCPL sum­mer read­ing pic­nic on Wed­nes­day.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

Lacey Adams, 9, of Per­ryville, does the limbo dur­ing the CCPL sum­mer read­ing pic­nic on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

Kids par­tic­i­pate in a freeze dance game dur­ing the CCPL sum­mer read­ing pic­nic.

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