Summer may be a time for most people to slow down and take it easy, but here at the library we tend to get even busier. Still we enjoy the extra activities geared towards the children and teens in our community. Aug. 17 is the last day of the Wellington Summer Reading Program, “Dream Big-Read.” We will have our drawings for the grand prizes on that day and will notify the winners by phone. Grand prizes this year are board games and gift certificates to Fort Fun, Barnes and Noble and Walmart. Please have your extra reading forms in before that day. Also Aug. 17 is the last day to collect the first and second prizes for the program. Wellington Middle School early locker choice passes will be given out starting the first week of August. Please get your three book reports in by Aug. 13.
The programs we had this year were so much fun. A special thanks to Paul Helvie for sharing his knowledge and love of karate, Andy Mason for sharing his talent for singing and entertaining and Ann Lincoln for the incredible magic show. We would also like to thank our generous sponsors; Applebee’s Restaurants, Chipper’s Lanes Bowling Alley, Fort Fun, The Fort Collins Foxes Baseball Team, Hanson Innovations- tutoring, Pizza Palace, Pump it Up, Rollerland Skating Rink, Schrader’s Country Stores, Wellington Recreation, Fazoli’s Italian Restaurants, McDonalds Restaurants, Culver’s and The City of Fort Collins Recreation. Without these generous people and sponsors the summer reading program would not be the success it is. We would also like to thank the Wellington Middle School for allowing us the opportunity to offer early locker choice as an incentive for reading during the summer to the middle school age children. After meeting with other summer reading program directors, we realize how lucky we are to have this to offer to the older kids to keep them reading. As always, we are truly grateful for our volunteers. These people unselfishly give of their time to help us out year round at the library, but during the summer they always seem to step it up even more.
The Wellington Public Library’s Book Club has taken the summer off but will be meeting again 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.
Parents, grandparents and caregivers don’t forget our ongoing storytimes. August preschool story and craft times are Aug. 14 and Aug. 28 at 11 a.m.
The Friends of the Wellington Library will be meeting Aug. 6 at 4:15 p.m. If you are interested in joining the Friends of the Wellington Library, please call MaryAnne Martell at 970-568-3401.