PITTSBURG — Over 10,000 children, teens and adults participated in the Pittsburg Public Library’s reading program this summer.

Out of the 10,000 patrons, over a thousand participated in the Build a Better World Summer Reading Program. The library hosted over 100 programs in June and July alone.

Each year the library hosts a reading program and each year has a theme the program bases its activities on.

This summer, the activities revolved around building a better world through programs which talked about the environment and relationships.

Pittsburg Public Library Youth Services Gail Sheppard said the reading program was made possible by the Friends of the Library which sell books and give the proceeds to the library.

“Friends of the Library are a wonderful group,” she said. “They have books sales here and the money they make from the book sales go into the library’s programming.

“It is a great organization — we appreciate their support of the library.”

The organization’s funds help pay for the program materials.

“The summer reading program would look different without their help,” Sheppard said.

Sheppard said the City of Pittsburg and Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department also helped contribute with swimming and golf passes.

“It was a good incentive for the kids,” she said.

At the end of the summer reading program, the library hosted a reading party with brownies and ice cream. The children received a new book and the adults received a new backpack.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.