The Library's Summer Reading Program kicked off on Saturday, June 4 with a Carnival in the lot right next door to the library where attendees enjoyed a variety of games, food, fun, and prizes all sponsored by the Churchill Library Association.
Attendees that signed up for the Summer Reading Program were given a reading log and a sheaf of game tickets to play any of the 14 games such as Giant Jenga, Ring Toss, Catch a Fish, Golf, High-Low, Yard Pong, and Tic-Tac-Toe, all with chances to win prizes. Raffle tickets were sold for chances to win one of 10 donated cakes and cupcake sets of all tasty varieties. Kids could have their faces embellished with Ivy Ward's artwork. The Boy Scouts sold snow cones, cotton candy, snacks, and soda. With hot choices made onsite by Wild West Burgers. Master of Ceremonies Zip Upham, dressed in classic carnival attire, made his rounds talking and joking with people, handling the raffle and other announcements for the event.
The dunk tank got quite a bit of attention. As cool as it was that day, a group of young boys was taking turns, standing in line to take shots at sinking their buddies and laughing like crazy at being able to sink each other. At times, when one of them couldn't hit the target with the softball, they'd go over and just hit it with their hand to sink their friend, then laugh even harder.
Lloyd said her people in the library booth gave out hundreds of bags containing game tickets and summer reading logs. Those that show their log each week at the library will get to choose a brag tag and a book. A sea creature can also be added to the ocean being created around the main desk for each book checked out. Lloyd was thrilled to see the normal Saturday library gate count go from about 175 patrons to 450 during the carnival with many new library cards given out.
CLA Board Member Rebecca Taylor raised the funds to put on the carnival by acquiring sponsors for 10 of the game booths. She was the idea's originator, promoter, and planner in chief, and the CLA jumped behind her when she proposed it. Many people volunteered their time that day, some starting as early as 7 a.m. and all staying until the end.
Lloyd was smiling wide when she said, “I am so very happy with the turn-out. It was all beyond what I expected, and it was so much fun. I really appreciate all that everyone did to make it happen, a lot of people worked really hard. And yes, we definitely want to do this again next year.”
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