August 01, 2012

Adult Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up


What a great Adult Summer Reading Program!  Here are some stats to wrap up, and then we're on to more (or at least different) exciting things here at NPL! We've included photos of some of our winners; click on any to enlarge.
Angie, July prize pack winner.

In June, we had 285 drawing entries from 66 unique individuals; that prize pack was won, as you may remember, by Lana Wood.  In July, we had 194 drawing entries from 49 unique individuals, and the winner was Angie Larkin.  Devon Harris-Taylor won a one-night stay at the Wesson Loft and Bunkhouse.   For these prizes, patrons were invited to enter the drawing for every book, magazine, downloadable book, or audiobook they 1) checked out from Neill, and 2) finished reading. 
Devon, B&B stay winner.

Separately, there were 156 entries for the Nook Tablet (40 unique individuals), which was won by Adelaide Snider. Adelaide came by this morning to pick up this amazing gift, entirely paid for by the Friends of Neill Public Library. We organized the Nook Tablet drawing to call attention to our collection of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks.  We had many patrons give it a try, patrons who had never attempted to download before; I believe that makes the program a success! 
Adelaide, with Adult Services Libarian
Sarah Morrison, and the Nook Tablet.
Altogether, for public entries for both months and for the Tablet, there were 635 submissions.  The most submissions summer-long was 44; two patrons actually submitted 44 entries each among all the boxes. 

As to the staff component, 17 staff participated in the Staff Summer Reading Program, with 87 total entries.  June’s prize pack was won by Michelle, and July’s went to Rezina.  We support a Staff Summer Reading Program as it encourages staff to be more familiar with the collection, feel involved with patron in the programs offered by the library, and increases Reader's Advisory skills.  

Three programs were offered in conjunction with Adult Summer Reading: What’s Your Next Read? (20 participants), author talk by local writer Kevin Carson (14), lecture by Dr. Hans Van Dongen (5), and lecture by Ph.D. researcher Kathryn Jewett (10).

One of our many Weekly Winners
deliberating over her choice.
If you have thoughts about this year's Adult Summer Reading Program-- parts of the program you liked that you'd like to see next year, or aspects you wish we'd have in addition (or instead)-- please let us know so we can serve you better.

Finally, I'd like to use this space to thank our sponsors.  Many local business donated great prizes, and these were supplemented (and made more "themey") by items purchased with funds given by the Friends of Neill Public Library.  Have I mentioned how we couldn't do this without them?  Local business who donated goods or services are:
Banyans on the Ridge, The Bookie, Brused Books, Crimson and Grey, Fireside Grill, Neill's Flowers and Gifts, The Quilted Heart, South Fork Public House, Sweet Mutiny, Three Forks Therapy, and Wesson Bunkhouse and Loft.  Maybe you'll consider taking your business to these local retailers, in support of their support!

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