Bibliophiles of all ages were honored for their summer reading successes as the Book Patch Library on Lewis Main and McChord Field Library hosted finale parties for the 2017 Summer Reading Program: Reading By Design. The finale took place Aug. 1 at McChord Field and Aug. 3 on Lewis Main.
The number of participants was similar to that of last year: 800 children, teens and adults registered at the McChord Field program and 1,700 at the Book Patch program, according to McChord Field Library’s reading program staff. Jodie Rudd, library technician at Book Patch Library, said she was glad to see all the participants so excited about reading during the program.
“I’m a big advocate of reading because my parents read to me as a child,” Rudd said. “It was super exciting for me to see all the children reading. I was like: ‘They’re reading; read more, read more.’”
Throughout the weeks of the program, both libraries offered prizes for hours read, as well as fun entertainment at the libraries to keeps the kids and adults excited and involved. Entertainment was paid for by donations to the program. The program finale was similar and highly attended at both locations.
“I think the grand finale was a big success,” Rudd said.
At the Book Patch Library finale, hundreds of children and families spent a few hours outside the library Aug. 3 playing games, getting temporary tattoos, eating snow cones and nachos and picking up prizes and freebies at the event.
Courtney Marsh, wife of Maj. William Marsh, Madigan Army Medical Center, watched as daughters, Julia, 5, and Roz, 3, picked out the tattoos they wanted airbrushed on them at the event. Julia selected a butterfly tattoo and Roz was excited to get a unicorn tattoo.
The Marsh family moved to Joint Base Lewis-McChord from Virginia in July. Signing up for the library reading program was the first stop after unloading the moving truck, Courtney said.
Julia said she enjoyed the summer reading program and loves to read because, “It helps me learn a lot.”
Christopher Boggs, 13, an eighth-grader at Harrison Preparatory School in Lakewood, attended the finale with his mom, Sarah Purdue, a military spouse; 7-year-old sister, Isabella, a second-grader at Rainier Elementary School; and his aunt, Jennifer Hutchison, who is visiting from Illinois.
Christopher and his family all are avid readers and have participated in the summer reading program for the past four years, Purdue said.
“The librarians do such a good program,” she said.
Christopher said he enjoys science fiction and his mom likes science fiction and horror books. Hutchison said she was having a great time with her family and shares their love of novels and other books. As for Isabella, she’s also a bibliophile and spent the summer reading books to her stuffed toys and the family’s two dogs, Ike and Dakota.
“They like books, too, and they like it when I read to them,” Isabella said.
Military spouse Miriam Auston watched as 4-year-old daughter, Aeryanna ran and ran in a gigantic Zorb ball, which looks like a large plastic hamster ball. The Auston family moved to JBLM from Hawaii in February and is enjoying the many activities available on base.
Auston said she enjoyed reading to her daughter during the summer reading program.
“She loves anything to do with princesses, so we read a lot of those,” she said. “But, I like horror stories, so I read those to myself.”