August 21 marked the end of another successful summer reading program, “Starship Adventure at Your Library”. The program at the Groton Public Library, for children ages 18 months to Grade 5, had 547 participants who read or were read to for a grand total of 6,108 hours. The reading program offered incentives to encourage children and their families to keep reading during the summer break. Studies have shown that children who read during the summer are better prepared for school in the fall. Participants earned prizes and raffle tickets for every two hours that they spent reading or were read to and received a Frisbee with the Library’s logo after 12 hours. After reading 24 hours each participant received a $5 gift card to Barnes & Noble and a grand prize raffle ticket to enter the raffle for a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card and stuffed astronaut bear. Additional grand prize raffle tickets were awarded for each additional five hours read. 76 children completed at least 24 hours and 30 children read over 24 hours!

I’d like to thank the GPL Endowment Trust and Groton Trust Funds Lecture Fund for the wonderful programs this summer. Without their support these fun and entertaining events would not have been able to take place. Attendance at our programs this summer totaled 1,607! Many thanks go to the GPL Endowment Trust and Bemis Associates, Inc. for funding the incentive prizes which kept the children reading throughout the summer. Very special thanks to Scott Wiggins, Headmaster at Lawrence Academy, for allowing the Library to use LA’s Performing Arts Center for two special events, Tanglewood Marionette’s “Cinderella” and the Yo Yo Show. Attendance at these programs was 267 and 368, respectively-a record number!

Congratulations to the readers and families for all their hard work! Thank you to all for making the Groton Public Library’s summer reading program a huge success!

Karen Dunham

Head of Children’s Services

Groton Public Library