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Summer Reading Program concludes on celebratory note

Scheels and Sanford Health coordinated the bike safety program of which Lauren Sanders and Mora were participants.

The West Fargo Public Library recorded a highly successful Summer Reading Program that saw a phenomenal amount of interest with a total of 422 participants registered compared to 361 last year.

Diane Fink, the program coordinator at the library, said "We had a terrific summer of reading, programs and crafts. "The closing celebration held Saturday the 28th included a visit from Hawkeye, Balloon Twisters, carnival games and refreshments.

The library offered reading incentives to add to the fun and challenge of this program. "I was amazed and thrilled at the happy reader's excitement and participation in this aspect of the program," Fink added. "Imagine my amazement when we received 4,000 tags of stars and moons with book titles the participants had read. These will be displayed proudly at the library through August." An added sheet of reading minutes gave the participants the opportunity of earning a free RedHawks ticket, again, "I was taken aback when 100 minute sheets were turned in which added up to 12 1/2 hours of reading each sheet or 750 minutes equaling 75,000 minutes."

A variety of activities went into building the eight week program.

New this year, was a Garden Club for kids. With assistance from the West Fargo Garden Club (Three Rivers), the groups met every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to cultivate a bevy of projects, which included plant and maintaining the planters on the South side of the library building, transplanting flowers into a hat centerpiece, planting seeds and making a journal that recorded the plant growth, viewing an ecology film with a clean-up of the area around the library, making a garden wind chime, and painting terra cotta pots.

The Red River Zoomobile also visited the library, a North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologist did a presentation on the state's wildlife, Sanford Health officials gave presentations on relaxation and meditation, as well as bike/helmet safety. A favorite activity for the 4th year in a row was cookie decorating. Marie Zetocha from Sandy's Donuts is a master cake decorator and shared her skills with the children.

Other happenings included: Wednesday movies, scrapbooking, making handmade bead bracelets and clay mobiles that were also painted, along with painted pillowcases, tie-dye shirts, and aroma therapy eye pillows.

There was also a passel of special events for the preschool age children: E movies on Fridays, story times, puppet shows, Hop 'N 'Pop, and rhythm sticks. A high point was a stuffed animal sleepover at the library. Fink said the children "loved this event, we gave them a picture when they picked up their animal friend of their library adventures during the night."

Several sponsors helped play a role in making the program a success. They included: programs and crafts, West Fargo Exchange Club, Gate City Bank and Sign Pro reading incentives, RedHawks tickets, Sandy's Donuts, L.E. Berger Pool, Stars & Strikes Bowling, Papa Murphy's Pizza, and West 13th Salon; and volunteer presenters, Scheels, Sanford Health, a N.D. Game and Fish Department biologist; and Marie Zetocha from Sandy's Donuts.

For everyone's reading enjoyment, the library, located at 109 3rd St. E., in the Lodoen Community Center, is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p. m.; Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p. m. The library is closed on Sunday.

Inquiries can be made by calling 701-433-5460.