Submitted by Valetta Cannon, Fort Scott Public Library
Youth Librarian and Assistant Director
“The Fort Scott Public Library staff wants to send out an enormous thank you to the businesses, organizations, and individuals who helped to make this year’s summer reading program a huge success, including the following: The City of Fort Scott, Casey’s General Store, Daylight Donuts, Domino’s Pizza, Family Video, Fort Cinema, Fort Scott Aquatic Center, Fort Scott Community College, Fort Scott Middle School VIPs, FSHS Thespian Troupe, G & W Cash Saver, The Keyhole, The Lowell Milken Center, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, and Wendy’s, all of Fort Scott.
We also want to thank the Hammond UMC for their generous donation, and the countless people who have donated food, volunteer time, and supplies to our programs.
Thank you to Buck Run Community Center, the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Scott Tribune, fortscott.biz, and KOMB FM for keeping the community informed about events, and to the churches, public and private schools, and daycares in our county for distributing flyers and posters to help promote the program.
As a result of all of your efforts, the library registered a total of 284 kids and 37 teens for this year’s summer reading program, with individual reading goals, met a total of 530 times by our youth.
Approximately 20 adults participated in our adult reading program, receiving goody bags.
Prizes were also awarded for completing literacy-based activities.
Together, we are helping to prevent the summer slide, encouraging patrons of all ages to read, providing educational entertainment for local families, and feeding kids snacks weekly, all at no cost to them.
We hope that through our combined efforts this year, we have helped interest local families in A Universe of Stories, which they can explore at the library every week.“