by Beth Cronk, Meeker County Librarian
As the summer winds down, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the local businesses and organizations that helped support the summer reading program in the libraries in Meeker County. With 356 kids participating in Litchfield, 130 in Dassel, and 39 in Grove City, we have been having a busy summer, and we appreciate the generosity of our donors who helped make it fun for the kids.
First, I would like to thank the Friends of the Litchfield Public Library. They assist in funding the summer reading program prizes every year for the Litchfield Library, as well as things like craft supplies that we use in special summer activities like this year’s Wednesday Fun at the Library. The prizes funded by the Friends include brand-new books for kids of all ages. You help the Friends support programs for kids whenever you shop at the library book sale. The next book sale is this Saturday, August 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library meeting room.
I’d also like to thank the businesses that donated gift certificates that the kids can choose as prizes. The following local businesses donated certificates given as prizes in all three libraries in Meeker County: Litchfield, Grove City, and Dassel.
- · Pizza Ranch: pizzas
- · McDonald’s: fries and desserts
- · Pizza Hut: pizzas
- · KLFD: Minnesota Zoo passes
Litchfield DQ donated Dilly Bars for kids in the Litchfield and Grove City programs. Cokato DQ has given certificates for ice cream cones to the Dassel program.
Jimmy’s Pizza of Litchfield donated pizza gift certificates for kids in the Litchfield summer reading program, and Jimmy’s Pizza of Dassel donated certificates for the Dassel program.
Cokato Subway has given certificates for cookies to the Dassel summer reading program.
The Kandiyohi County Area YMCA donated family passes for the Grove City program.
The Dassel Community Chest gave a donation that allowed the Dassel Library to buy new books to give to kids as prizes.
The Cokato-Dassel Lions gave a donation that we used to bring in St. John’s Outdoor University to the Dassel Library for a program called “Nature Olympics”. St. John’s teaches kids ages three through twelve about science through stories, games, and other activities.
A library cooperative in southwestern Minnesota called SAMMIE provided a grant that the Dassel Library used to create a summer program called Maker Fun. This twice-monthly program offers a variety of activities for kids age 10 and up, such as games, crafts, and cooking. They have one session left this summer. Because it has been popular, we’ll be continuing that into fall, once a month on the second Monday after school.
Thank you to all of these businesses and organizations for supporting kids and reading in our communities. The summer reading programs in all three libraries continue through the last day of August. Kids and teens can bring in their summer reading game sheets for prizes until then. Keep reading for fun, for prizes, and for school readiness!