The children of our area are back to school and many of them kept their reading skills sharp for this new school year by participating in the Dunkirk Free Library's summer reading program, "Dig Into Reading."
According to Pamela Czarniak, Coordinator of Children's Services at the library, 2,585 books were read. Eighty-one children completing their reading contracts by reading 15 or more books during the six week program.
"We had 73 story times, craft classes, educational entertainers, movie afternoons with popcorn, a carnival, and other fun activities." said Czarniak. "This kept the program educational and fun at the same time."
Emily and Josh read the most books during the Dunkirk Free Library’s summer program.
For every five books a child read, he or she received a small prize. After reading 15 or more books, a child's name was placed on a bookplate in the front of a new library book. The top 33 readers received a new book to keep, provided by a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. A drawing for an MP3 player was also held.
This program was made possible by the generous donations from America's Promise of Chautauqua Cattaraugus Bank, Fieldbrook Foods, First Niagara Bank, Jennifer L. Foley D.D.S., Fredonia Beaver Club, Friends of the Dunkirk Free Library, Kosciuszko Polish Home, Ceila Lloyd D.D.S. P.C., Lake Shore Savings Bank, McDonalds, Moniuszko Club, Moose Club, Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, Walmart, Wendy's, Western Division Federal Credit Union, and all of the community donors and volunteers for the programs.
Now that summer is officially over, the Dunkirk Free Library is on a fall schedule. Fall Story Time and Craft for two-to-five year-olds takes place on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.