Please meet Kylee and her younger brother Connor, two of my favorite regulars here at the Green Valley Ranch Library. They are both such avid readers that it’s not unusual to see them in the library more than once a week. Kylee and Connor also participated in our Summer of Reading Program this year, and since they always brighten my day, I couldn’t resist talking with them about their experience.
Kylee loves to read happy books in her room before bedtime to ward off any bad dreams. Her favorite book this summer was Wizard at Work, by Vivian Vande Velde. Connor likes to read in the living room and in the car (he obviously has no problems with car sickness). His favorite books to read this summer included Clifford and Magic Tree House.
After finishing her monogram art craft she described in her own words what reading means to her:
"Reading is going to new places and having adventures! Also, going to the library and doing fun activities!”
Some of her favorite books to read are the Dear America series.
One of the best things about the Summer of Reading program is that you have the opportunity to talk to kids and see the impact of the books and programs that we offer. One young customer that I had the opportunity to meet this summer was Ava who will be in 1st grade next year.
Ava came up to the Reference Desk and asked if she could sing me a song. I replied, “Of course, I would love for you to sing me a song.” Not only did Ava sing the song, but she also signed the alphabet while singing. I was truly impressed. Kidding around with her, I asked her if she had a CD out yet. Ava ran over to her Mom and said, “Mommy, do I have a CD?” and her mom and I both shared a laugh.
We’ve been hearing about the upcoming zombie apocalypse for quite some time—even the CDC has a zombie preparedness web page! Even though it’s coming, not many people have taken the steps to prepare themselves. The teens at the Central Library decided to remedy this problem. With tons of books about zombies, maps of the Central Library, and a lot of creativity, the teens created a zombie safety plan.
Some of the teens worked on a detailed map showing how we could help with triage and defense. Almost everyone made zombie warning signs and contributed to a list of things we would need at Central to keep safe. After the teens finished, we presented our plan to a member of DPL’s security team. If they implement all of the teens’ requests, you will soon see guard bears and salt moats around all of our branches.