Universe of Stories Final Recap

This summer was filled with several out of this world moments! From our first week of alien invasions to our last week of taking trips to the stars and everything in between, we are so grateful for everyone’s support this summer. We just keep growing each year! Last summer, we had 260 kids registered, and this year we had 408! Last summer 46 students met their reading goal, this summer we had 72..which there may have been an incentive for that one! In case you didn’t know, everyone who met their goal gets the chance to pelt Heidi with water balloons if we met 70 students meeting their goal. In June, we had record breaking program attendance numbers, and record breaking checkouts! We also had our highest middle school program with 18 students coming to make galaxy backpacks! Almost every elementary program had at least 40 in attendance compared to last year’s 30. We also held our first Saturday morning program! We could not have done it without you, the community!

Congratulations to the 72 students who met their reading goal! We had 16 preschoolers, 9 kindergarten and first graders, 30 second-fourth graders, and 17 fifth-eighth graders. Preschool-first graders had to read/listen to 45 books. Second-fourth graders had to read 600 minutes, and fifth-eighth graders had to read 1500 pages! That is a lot of reading, but they rose up to the challenge, and succeeded!

In total the preschoolers read 1,393 books. Kindergarten through first grade read 1,253 books. Second through fourth grade read 61,470 minutes. Finally, fifth through eighth grade read 78,471 pages. That is a lot of collective reading for everyone involved! Way to go!

Our summer ended with our prize plaza. Kids have been earning tickets all summer long ranging from 25 cent, 50 cent and $1. We had prizes ranging from 25 cents all the way up to $12 so that everyone could surely find something that they liked within their budget. Students could spend up to $50 at the store, and we had 7 kids that were able to spend that much! By the end of the first day, we had cashed in $1,800 in tickets! WOW!! By the end of the week, students had almost cleared us out of prize inventory, and cashed in $3,260! In total this summer, with Jamestown’s $551 and California Elementary summer school’s $1,317, students cashed in a grand total of $5,128! That is a lot of reading, library usage, and programs attended for one summer!

The program attendance this summer was phenomenal! There were 705 students receiving programs in Moniteau County. We provided programs to daycares and day camps in California, High Point Summer School, Jamestown Summer School, and California Elementary Summer School. In May, we had 54 programs with 851 people in attendance. June was a record breaking month for us with 290 programs with 1,882 people in attendance. Finally, in July we had 85 programs with 774 people in attendance. The grand total for our summer reading program was 429 programs with 3,507 people in attendance! Wow!

Thanks again to everyone who participated, and an extra special thanks to those that brought kids so that they could be a part of something so out of this world!

Stay tuned to what we have planned for the upcoming school year! Together we are really transforming lives in this community by creating a love of reading and by getting into the habit of using the library!

Heidi Porter