This article, written by OFPL Youth Services Manager Teri Rankin, was featured in the August 18, 2021 O’Fallon Weekly. Here she gives a summer reading recap.

Many families are making the annual migration to Walmart and Target to get school supplies. Classes begin soon and thoughts are turning towards setting alarms and managing homework.

But before we completely turn the page on summer, I wanted to share some highlights from “Reading Colors Your World”, our library summer reading program.

The kids, teen, and adult programs were successful in encouraging participants to read and to discover new and unfamiliar genres. People young and old (older?) read books, made craft and art projects, came to programs, did virtual puzzles, scavenger hunts, BINGO and more.

Here is data from the reading program, Reading Colors our World.
• 853 people participated
• 689,792 minutes (or 11,497 hours) were spent reading
• More 8-year-olds-participated than any other age group (6-year-olds were a close second)
• The most time logged was 9082 minutes by an 8th grade student (the closest adult read 4571 minutes)

Readers had the chance to win grand prizes and gift baskets by placing “virtual tickets” in the drawings of their choosing. The more they read or participated, the more tickets they earned
for the drawings.

Pictured here are the winners of the kids’ grand prizes.

Dog Man Gift Basket Winner: LJ

Unicorn Gift Basket Winner: Vanessa
Movie and Snack Gift Basket Winner: Riley

Some of our kids opted to put their earned tickets in a “Community Sharing” basket and the library pledged to give $150 to both Randy’s Rescue Ranch and Spencer Rescue. The feedback we received about the reading program was positive and most enjoyed the mix of online and in-person programs.

Online School Supply BINGO
This is a win-win activity… your kids get to play BINGO while earning items they will use at school! Join us online via Zoom on Saturday, August 28, at 10:30 AM. Each registered player will get a bag of school supplies and a chance to win other fun prizes. Come by the library August 21 or later to pick up a BINGO card and markers. To register go to: Registration is limited to 25 kids, 5-yearsold and up.

Read to a Dog
Come to the library and spend time with one of our very special furry friends!
We have 4 registered therapy dogs who visit each month. You can reserve a 15-minute time block to spend with one of them. This popular program will move to 4 PM on the 2nd Tuesday of each month as we transition to school schedules. If you would like to read to a dog, go

For more information about library programs and events go to or visit our website at

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