The 2015 Teen Summer Reading Program — “Unmask!” — wrapped up recently here at the Auburn Public Library. It was a busy summer with lots of reading and great programs to go along with it!
With heroes as our theme, our book displays and activities turned the teens’ attention to local heroes, national heroes and superheroes.
We kicked off the program on June 23rd with the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society. Sandy Graul, some of her volunteers and a few lionhead rabbits joined us. Sandy talked a bit about the work they do to help the animals — within the county, the State and in other states as well. GAHS are truly local heroes to those animals!
In July, we turned our focus to superheroes. Local comic book artist Mike Jordan led a two-session workshop. The end result was a new edition of APL Presents.
We wrapped up the 2015 Summer Reading Program with an amazing visit and talk by Luis Carlos Montalvan and his service dog, Tuesday. We were lucky enough to have Laurie St. Pierre and Russ Dillingham of the Sun Journal and Rob Nesbitt from WCSH join Capt. Montalvan and Tuesday during their visit. If you weren’t able to join us, details of his visit are available on the Sun Journal’s archive page (“In Dog He Trusts”) or on wcsh6.com. Click here to view that clip.
We had 69 teens participate this summer, an increase of nearly 20% from the past two summers. Among them, they read nearly 500 books! We gave out over 30 prizes, ranging from free Chill Zone beverages at Cumberland Farms, $5 gift cards to Top It Frozen Yogurt, certificates for free Italian sandwiches at Sam’s, $10 gift cards to Books a Million and $20 gift cards to local businesses.
There were also “grab bag” prizes awarded for participating in various activities both here at the Library and in the community. Some of those activities — attend a different teen program at APL, attend a community event, read 50 pages from a different genre, perform a random act of kindness or read to a child.
Our top reader of the summer was Faith Thompson, and she was the winner of the Kindle paperwhite. Other finale winners included Crystle Cloutier ($50 gift certificate to Bull Moose Music), Addie Suckow ($50 gift certificate to the Auburn Mall), and Addie Landre (pizza party and movie in the Library).
Thank you to our sponsors this summer: Cumberland Farms (Center Street), Top It Frozen Yogurt Bar, Sam’s Italian Foods (Center Street), Hannaford (Spring Street), Center Street Dental, Best Buy, and the Portland Sea Dogs.
We are already thinking about and looking forward to summer 2016, when teens will “Get In The Game” at APL!