MEIGS COUNTY — Bubbles, books, turtles and more could be seen during the annual summer reading program at the Meigs County Public Library.
The annual program took place from early June through late July with weekly programs, and a program ending pool party.
Library Children Services Supervisor Emily Sanders said that there were 248 kids registered for the program this summer.
The theme for the 2017 program was “Build a Better World.”
While attendance at the weekly events varies throughout the program, Sanders said that “Bubble Trouble” with Jeff Boyer was the best attended of the series.
Nancy the Turtle Lady is an ever popular program, which was divided into two sessions to allow for the kids to spend more time checking out the turtles, snakes, bearded dragons and other animals.
Other programs included the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery, Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Cartoonist Jeff Nicholas and Jenny Ridenour from the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District. The final event was the annual pool party at London Pool in Syracuse.
While the weekly programs and the annual themes change each year, the program has been in place for many years.
Sanders estimated that the summer reading program may date back 30 years or more, and was previously organized by Norma Hawthorne for many years in the 1980s and 1990s.
In addition to reading incentives and weekly programs, the library was also a site for serving meals to children throughout the duration of the program. The meal sites coincided with the programs and story times held at each of the library branches.
While the summer reading program has concluded, the library has several upcoming programs for all ages, including the Newport Aquarium Stingray Cart visit at 2 p.m. on Aug. 3, and the solar eclipse viewing and presentation on Aug. 21.
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