The Seaside Public Library wrapped up our annual summer reading program for children, teens, and adults, with record numbers this year. We set a new record of 335 registered and 268 total finishers for this year’s “Build a Better World” themed reading program. Total read came to a grand total of 2,048 hours. Starting June 10th and finishing on Aug. 31, kids who kept track of their reading with reading logs throughout the summer could turn their reading logs in for prizes. The goal of our annual summer reading program is to help kids retain what they have learned throughout the school year. Studies have shown that “summer slide” occurs when kids don’t actively read throughout the summer and children may regress up to an entire grade level if they don’t keep up with their reading.
We had two fun puppet events this year. Professional puppeteers from Dragon Theater puppets entertained Seaside Children with a puppet show based on the summer reading theme and Penny’s Puppets, sponsored by the Oregon Savings Plan, gave a free show at the Seaside Library. The 234th Army Band also came and entertained with a storytelling and music show for all ages. The International Border Collies are always a big hit and came ready to perform, entertain, and educate. Building with blocks, Legos, straw construction and snap circuit electronics was the most desired hands on programs for kids and parents working together and getting lost in building things. The parents who attended requested this event on a regular basis.
At one of the weekly preschool storytimes this summer, preschoolers tried hands on science. Storytime science experiments included a density tower and tub of water. Kids followed the five steps of the scientific method by asking a question, making a plan, experimenting, observing and coming to a conclusion of items that would sink or float. The experiments were done together with a read aloud story that explained the five steps of the scientific method: “Charlotte the Scientist is Squished,” by Camille Andros.
Some of the fun events for teens at this year’s summer reading program included events where teens made blankets and donated them through Clatsop Community Action. Our teen Tuesday attendees also made dog and cat toys and donated them to the local animal shelter. Other fun teen events included a bridge building competition and a cooking class baking rigatoni in a cup.
Wolves, hiking, and music were just a few of the highlights of this year’s adult summer reading program. In July, author Beckie Elgin told the story of “Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History.” The incredible story of a tagged Oregon wolf who left northeast Oregon, to find a mate, and became the first wild wolf to enter California in 87 years in an incredible 4,000-mile three-year trek.
In August, author Carolyn Wood retold her experiences hiking the famed Camino de Santiago. The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela Spain. Carolyn faced emotional and physical obstacles as a 66-year-old when she decided to hike 500 miles in 40 days along the famed pilgrimage route in southern France and northwestern Spain.