June 25th, 2018

Library Chat: Summer was busy at the library, but now winding down

By Medicine Hat News on September 1, 2017.

Another summer is winding to a close and it was a busy one at the Medicine Hat Public Library.

Through many different programs and activities, children of all ages were able to experience new authors and genres and acquire new ideas and skills.

As always, Monoporead is a huge part of summer at the library as more kids than ever worked their way around the board collecting books and prizes. Our many thanks to Cenovus for the very fun Monoporead kickoff party. It was great to see so many parents and grandparents bringing in the next generation to take part in an MHPL tradition.

Our Summer Reading Program was a great success, bringing in 94 different kids for many different themed weeks including drama/art/music, sports, science, bugs, and Canada. We had lots of fun reading books about different people and experiences, making crafts, playing outside, and making new friends.

Parents and guardians provided feedback about the program which revealed increased interest in wanting to come to the library more often as well as improved reading ability and confidence. In partnership with the Community Food Connections Association we were able to take the kids out into the community to help them learn about the environment and all the organisms that live here in Medicine Hat.

Our success comes in part from the many members of the community who helped out with the programs and came and presented to the kids on a variety of topics. Thanks so much to the Community Food Connections Association who helped partner with us on two of the weeks, to the Medicine Hat and District Food Bank and Food Forest for allowing field trips, to the EMS, police, and fire department for engaging the kids about what they do in the community, and to all the other members of the community including the mayor, MLAs, and MP who came to read to the kids. We would not have had such a great summer without all of their support.

As we transition into fall be sure to check out all the new books, DVDs and games we have coming into the library. Sign up for the MHPL newsletter and pick up, or read online, our program booklets to discover exciting programs for all ages. Making the library a part of your fall and winter and keeping the whole family reading for fun will help your children succeed in school.

Thanks again for helping us have such an awesome summer filled with books and activities for people of all ages.

Andrea Connors is a co-op student at Medicine Hat Public Library.

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