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Thanks to all who made summer programs succeed

Aug. 31, 2010

Public Forum:

We would like to extend sincere thanks to all those who contributed to a very successful 2010 summer library program. The reading program keeps children and their families reading over the summer. We believe this is instrumental in helping kids maintain and upgrade their reading abilities, instead of losing what they have learned throughout the school year. A total of 813 children from Glendale, Fox Point, Bayside and River Hills, as well as surrounding communities participated by reading and attending library events. Additionally, this year 135 teens joined our new teen summer reading program, "Make Waves at Your Library." Teens had their own reading incentives as well as many programs designed just for them.

We'd especially like to thank our main sponsors, The Friends of the North Shore Library and the Fox Point Foundation, who enabled us to "Make a Splash: Read." They made it possible for performers to appear at the library, among many other things. This year, kids got in the swim by enjoying naturalist David Stokes, constructing a Lego city with John Peine and being amazed by Geoff Akins' bubble creations. Other favorite performers and programs were: Discovery World's It's Electric, the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center's screech owl program, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Puppet Story Theatre. Teens got together to play video and board games. Almost all ages could attend book clubs, movies and craft programs. Toddlers and preschoolers enjoyed the playgroup and storytime.

We'd also like to thank the many organizations who granted us reading incentives. Locally, kids enjoyed prizes from Pizza Hut, the Next Chapter Book Shop, Cousins, Breadsmith, Noodles & Company, Art Trooper, the Learning Shop, Cousins, the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, and J.K. Lee Black Belt Academy. Children were also delighted to earn coupons from the Pettit Ice Center, the Wisconsin State Fair, the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium, the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Milwaukee Brewers, First Stage Children's Theater, Discovery World, the Milwaukee Festival City Symphony, the Betty Brinn Museum, Old World Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Ballet, the Renaissance Faire, the Milwaukee County pools, the Domes and the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Also, teens received many of the above, plus coupons from Jimmy John's, Stone Creek Coffee, the Exclusive Company, Qdoba, Aveda and Half-Price Books. The generosity of all of these organizations is tremendous, and we are grateful for their assistance.

Children's librarians

North Shore Library

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