Back to school. It hits everyone a little differently; parents love it, kids loath it and librarians shift gears and start doing all the things that we put on hold until after summer.
With the summer reading program over we now have time to reflect on it and how to improve on next year. The 2012 “Dream Big — Read” Summer Reading Program was a huge success for us. Our number of participants grew immensely and our prize give-outs doubled. Maybe it was the heat, but there was a lot of reading taking place in Wellington this summer. We finished our programs with the Wellington Summer Olympics, which was a lot of fun for all of us. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with this event. We had 144 middle school participants in the early locker choice. It’s nice to see that age still has a passion for reading.
By Kathy Bornhoft
So with summer behind us here is what is happening this fall at the library.
The Wellington Public Library’s Book Club will be meeting Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. The book we will be discussing is the classic “The Sun Also Rises.” This 1926 novel written by American author Ernest Hemingway is about a group of American and British expatriates who travel from Paris to the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona to watch the running of the bulls and the bullfights. An early and enduring modernist novel, it received mixed reviews upon publication. Some recognize it as Hemingway’s greatest work. Copies of the book are available at the library and everyone is welcome to join. The next book club book is chosen at the meeting so keep in mind any suggestions you might have for the next book.
We are hosting two fall contests and they are open to everyone. The first is “The book that started it all” We all have that book that made us want to pick up another and then another book. To enter all you have to do is tell us the book that started you on your lifetime of reading. Your entry will be entered into a drawing that will take place Oct. 1. We will draw two winners from the entries. The other contest is, “In search of the Great Pumpkin.” Starting Oct. 1, bring us your pumpkin, squash, or even zucchini all decked out. You can paint, carve or decorate in any way you see fit. We will display them and patrons can cast their vote for their favorite. The winner will be announced on Oct. 31.
Parents, grandparents and caregivers don’t forget our ongoing story times. September preschool story and craft times are Tuesday, Sept. 11 and Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m.
The Wellington Library Friends will be meeting Sept. 3 at 4:15 p.m. If you are interested in joining the Wellington Library Friends, please call MaryAnne Martell at 970-568-3401.