July 22, 2019
To the Editor and the Community of Oak Ridge:
The Oak Ridge Public Library staff would like to express our thanks to all the kids and their caregivers who participated in our 2019 Summer Reading Program. Over 570 participants signed up for this year’s space themed program “A Universe of Stories,” and they read or listened to over 6,600 books! The Friends of the Oak Ridge Public Library financially sponsored two events weekly during the months of June and July, in conjunction with the reading program. Participants enjoyed magic shows, space-crafting, science interactions, live animal programs, and musical guests. Over 1400 kids and their caregivers came to the library to enjoy this eclectic range of entertainment.
Many library volunteers assisted staff with programming, helped create incentive packs, and prepped materials for the party and our craft events. Thank you to Levi Parish, Catherine McBrien, Sammie Powers, Sophie and Romy Hitson, Griffin and Solomon Miller, Sachi Griffin, John Paul Daigle, Stephen Zhukov, and Hazel Matteson. Their assistance was invaluable in helping us create a successful reading program.
Participants completing the summer reading program received prize packs and a ticket to our end of program celebration. The Friends of the Library provided funding for bookmarks, stickers, and other small toys included in the prize packs. Local business owners Waldek and Ilona Kaczocha of Razzleberrys Café and Market have been loyal supporters of the Summer Reading Program for many years, providing finishers with coupons for free ice cream. We cannot thank them enough for their continued support. Our eager readers look forward to delicious ice cream after the program is over.
Without the financial and volunteer support of the Friends of the Oak Ridge Public Library, the hard work of our volunteers, and the participation of the hundreds of children and parents excited about and committed to reading, all of the events of our Summer Reading Program would not be possible. We thank you all.
Michaela MillerChildren’s LibrarianOak Ridge Public Library