The Weir public library held its grand finale for the summer reading program, “Be Creative at Your Library/Express Yourself.” July 24 with an awards party.

The Weir public library held its grand finale for the summer reading program, “Be Creative at Your Library/Express Yourself.” July 24 with an awards party.
Young patrons were given the “stag” for 3-Minutes of Fame to “express” themselves, followed by the chance to create their own sundaes. During the six-week program, patrons looked for the hidden rainbow crayon that would fall out of the director’s crayon box.
The guessing jar full of crayons had some very imaginative guesses. Those guessing closest to the 180 total were: Holly Patterson, 160; Allison Brunenn 162; Taylor Beckley 195 and Leslie Jones, Kaitlyn McMurry, Quinton McMurry, McKenna Renn, Shawnelle Smith, all with 200.
The most colorific of all was Samantha Bestor with a perfect guess.
Door prizes of kites and bubbles were given to Tuesday and Thursday participants. Receiving prizes were: Alyssa Becker, Chase Arbuckle, Gabby Turpen, Taylor Beckley, Skylar Zortz, Hunter Lyden, Dylan Faucett, Makayla Chase, Ethan Becker, Samantha Bestor, Triston Gardner, and Alison Gardner.
Blooming sunflowers with the lyrics to “Home on the Range” decorated the new activity area for reading and movies.
From interactive stories, movies and even singing, library employees came up with crafts of butterfly magnets, shakers, dog tags, planting seeds, coin keepers, scoop and pail, toss and catch game, pencil holder, painted bugs with a toothbrush, tin can alarms, tissue box puppets and robots.
“Book tags” of crayons, paint blotches, chefs’ hats, drums, and directors’ chairs with each book read by the participants covered the walls of the library with a total of 2762 books read in six weeks.
Expressing the need to read in the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten level, Brody Lindsey 257; 1st - 2nd Jace Coltrane 98, 5th - 6th Chase Arbuckle 32, 7th - 8th Ashton Coltrane 98, 9th - 12th Steven Arbuckle 38 and Rachael Holden 40 hours, Special Merit was John Becker with 98.
Creating a repeat performance as top reader with an extreme need to read was 3rd-4th Taylor Beckley with 318.
All participants received a new book bag filled with gift certificates and passes from area businesses.
For an encore performance, the youth and adults were encouraged to continue to read for the fun of it.