The Whitehouse Community Library’s 2018 summer reading program ,“Libraries Rock,” came to a close Saturday, Aug. 4. To celebrate participants’ success, the library hosted a party complete with face painting, a build your own sundae bar, and grand prize drawings.
“As three o’clock drew near, patrons flocked to the library to return their reading logs just in the nick of time. As they were told, their completed reading log is the golden ticket to a possible grand prize,” Meghan Grudza, library director, described the event. “Patrons meandered their way between the sundae station and face painting table. Once the majority of our 68 attendees had their ice cream concoctions, we began the drawing. One by one the winners came up and claimed their prizes.”
Winners of the drawings included Claire Caldwell, ages 5 and below, winning two passes to iJump Tyler Trampoline Park; Holden Schneider, ages 6-12, receiving two passes to Zed Crossfire-Laser Combat; and Lydia Webb, ages 13-17, taking home a Half Price Books gift card and two passes to AMC Theater.
Andrea Caldwell, winner of those ages 18 and over, took home a gift certificate to Board & Brush, a do-it-yourself wood sign workshop recently opened in Lindale.
There were 273 children, teens and adults who registered for the reading program this summer with 46,800 minutes of reading logged by children and 2,745 books read by children, teens and adults.
A total of 1,665 participants took part in 62 programs during the summer period and 124 new library accounts were created.
“We are already gathering ideas for next summer’s theme, “Space: A Universe of Stories,” said Grudza.