The Summer Reading program is probably the biggest, and certainly the longest, program hosted by the Carnegie Library each year. It provides an opportunity to encourage reading at a time when many patrons, both young and old, have a little extra time.
The Carnegie Library’s Summer Reading program features components for both children and adults. While I will discuss the children’s program later, today I want to focus on the adult program.
Each week, participants had the opportunity to enter drawings, and this year’s theme of Escape the Ordinary offered the opportunity for us to recognize some of our local heroes. Those who pulled the weekly winners were Officer Mike Nance (Union Public Safety), Sgt. Daniel Nix, SSG Ronnie Howell, and Sgt. Richard Kelly (National Guard), Deputy Brandon Vaughan (Union Sheriff’s Department), CFRN Mark Jordan (Regional One), and Donnie Stribble (US Postal Service).
Many local merchants also donated items for the program, including: Almost Pink, Bantam Chef, Burger King, Dog Gone Hair, El Poblano, Embroidery by Karen, Graham Cash, Gwinn’s Florist, Kirby’s, La Fogata, Linda’s Variety, McDonald’s, Midway, Murphy’s, Nonie’s, Personally Yours, Sander’s Garden Center, Smith Jewelry Store, Stacy’s, State Farm, Studio One Eleven, Subway, Sunset Tanning, Waffle House, Zaxby’s. One other business made a contribution, but wishes to remain anonymous.
This year’s program was a huge success. Seventy participants combined to read 338 books, including top readers Amy Richardson, Pam Vaughan, and Sue Prince. Sue Prince also won the Grand Prize drawing, receiving a Nook.