Library kicks off Summer Reading Program with over 200 guests

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Guests arrived in droves to the Cullman County Public Library System’s main branch for its Summer Reading Program Kickoff on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (CCPLS)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The main branch of the Cullman County Public Library System (CCPLS) hosted a community kick-off event for its Summer Reading Program on Wednesday. The library transformed into a place of adventure with campfires, papier-mâché vines and a small pond stocked with tiny plastic fish.

Children and adults were wooed with prizes and incentives for reading books over the summer months.

CCPLS Assistant Director Shelby Creekmore shared, “Our kick-off event was a great success. Throughout the day, we saw about 250 people who came to get their summer reading materials.”

Children participating in the reading program are able to choose and read books, keeping track on a reading log. When it is full, they can return the log to the library for a surprise.

The summer reading log wasn’t the only document handed to attendees; an entry form for the library’s youth writing contest for students in Kindergarten-12th grade was also distributed. Keeping with this summer’s library theme (“Adventure Starts at the Library”), contestants are asked to write a short story between 50-500 words about a summertime adventure. Submissions for the writing contest will be evaluated by guest judges, with the competition broken into age divisions. The winners will receive a certificate and a gift from the Friends of the Public Libraries of Cullman County.

The library also has an adult reading program happening during June and July. Simply log all the books read in that time period on the Adult Reading Challenge log, write a short review and turn the log in at the library.

Reading logs are due July 31. Submissions will be placed in a drawing for a generous gift provided by The Friends of the Public Libraries of Cullman County.

“We are so grateful for the support we received and we are very excited to promote the continuation of reading during the summer for students of all ages,” Creekmore shared. “We also want to encourage those who were not able to join us for kickoff to still participate in library programs throughout the summer.”

The library will host special programs on Monday and Wednesday through July. Reading logs and materials will be available at the library’s circulation desk throughout the summer.

The Cullman County Public Library main branch is located at 200 Clark St. NE, Cullman.

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