Approximately 100 YMCA campers and counselors, Northumberland County children and parents, and Walnut Street Day Campers participated in the Northumberland Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program Special Reading Event finale. The event was held at the Northumberland Family YMCA in Heathsville on Monday July 27.
Nathan Moore, a Water Safety Instructor, conducted an informal but informative presentation on “How to be a Water Safety Hero” and remain safe in the process. Each child received a “Reach, Throw, NO GO” certificate for participating. This was followed by a picnic lunch cooked by YMCA Camp Director Allison Cockrell and served by the Burgess Dollar Store manager Chastity Brooks and her daughter, Lexi, assisted by NPL Teen Volunteers.
Library officials stated that the summer reading program has been made possible through grants from the Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts, the Summer Youth Employment Program, Three Rivers Community Foundation, the Virginia Library Association (VLA), Dollar General, and Kilmarnock Kiwanis Club, as well as donations from Callao Supermarket and Heathsville Food Lion.
“It truly takes a lot of generous donors to run a program this size and increase the participation significantly each year,” said Jan Bates, NPL’s Coordinator of Children’s Programs. “Five teen interns hired for the summer by NPL through the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association, a subsidiary of VLA) and Dollar General grant have been invaluable to the program. Their energy and enthusiasm have been definite assets.”
Special Reading Event finale July 2015 — Participants had a great time at the July 27 Northumberland Public Library Special Reading Event finale. Photo by Susan Lewis.