SPL Summer Reading Program comes to an end

Staff Writer

This year’s Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!” at Starkville Public Library has officially come to an end.

“Children in the Starkville community did a fantastic job reading over the summer, and they should all be proud of the amount of reading that they accomplished,” Jurusik said.

There were over 5,000 books read during the program, and over 4,200 hours read in the span of two months. With over 2,700 children attending library programs, Jurusik said SPL can safely say this was one of the most successful reading programs yet.

“We had a really positive response this year, and a lot of numbers went up from last year,” Jurusik said. “I consider it a win.”

Jurusik said the goal of the Summer Reading Program is to keep children reading while their out of school for the summer and keep them excited about reading.

“There’s something called the ‘summer slide’ where kids lose some retention of what they’ve learned over the summer if they don’t keep up their reading,” Jurusik said. “There have been some studies that show that if they continue continue reading and do a little bit of reading everyday during the summer, it negates the ‘summer slide’ and they retain that information better.”

SPL has begun planning its space-themed Summer Reading Program, entitled “A Universe of Stories.”

Jurusik said several programs are already being discusses, including an international story-time with Mississippi State University faculty, a speaker from NASA and a program with MSU’s astronomy department.

Jurusik said the library would like to thank Bops Frozen Custard, Dairy Queen, Insomnia Cookies, and McAlister’s Deli for their generous coupon donations, the Friends of the Library for their book and funds donations, and Mr. and Mrs. Walt Newsom for their additional donation to children’s programs.

“This year’s Summer Reading Program was a huge success, and we would like to say a giant thank you to all the local businesses and people that donated their time and money to make this program possible,” Jurusik said. SPL will continue to Tiny Tot Story Time at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Preschool Story Time at 10 a.m. every Thursday throughout the year.