Reading Riot: Teen SRP Ends with a Bang

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Teen volunteers in funny hats

The Summer Reading Program has come to an end and what a great summer it was! More than 300 young adults joined our teen summer reading program and logged over 3,000 books! That’s a lot of un-required reading!

Many of you also enjoyed eight weeks of entertaining and informative teen programs. In Unmask Your Natural Awesomeness, we learned about skin care and made our own natural skin cleansers. All participants went home with decorated bottles of toner, sea salt scrub and facial smoother. The library smelled of peppermint for days!

We chilled out at an Avengers movie night, learned to finger knit, and had a robotics demonstration. Instructors also taught self-defense and babysitting safety. These popular and instructive classes were filled to capacity as teens got practical advice on personal safety and first aid.

We wrapped up the SRP for teens with a Finale Party at all the branches. Participants were invited to come dressed in the costume of their favorite superhero and several did with great enthusiasm. One teen girl dressed in an elaborate homemade cardboard robot complete with wings and helmet. Others came as Super Readers with cape and a bold S on their shirts.

While half the teens had fun making catapults, the rest decorated masks with feathers and mugged for the camera dressed in props we supplied. Even Chewbaca got the costume treatment. The teens mingled and danced and had a great time with music from the Beatles and One Direction blasting in the background.

Teens in superhero costumes

At the Bealeton branch library the grand prize drawing for the Kindle Fire went to Allison G., the girl in the robot costume! She left later that evening hugging her prize saying “This was the best night of my life.” Allison was one of our most enthusiastic patrons and says she can’t wait to be a volunteer next summer!

Megan A. was the Marshall grand prize winner. Also at the Marshall branch patron Mert Cook and her daughters, volunteers Katherine and Hannah, made the Super Hero cake and cupcakes. Branch Manager Debbie Cosby said they were a perfect (and delicious) addition to the theme of our summer program.

At Warrenton, Ben J. won the Kindle. Teens there also enjoyed making masks and playing games. Door prizes were a hit and everyone took home a free book.

Many of our participants were also teen volunteers this summer. So remember, if you’d like to get involved at the library this year, sign up for the Teen Advisory Group. This group of 6th graders and above meets monthly to plan and participate in library activities and service projects. Just complete the membership form or ask your librarian how to get involved.

Enjoy the school year!

Ann McDuffie, youth services librarian, Bealeton branch library


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