Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced the successful completion of the Mercer County Library System Summer Reading Program, a wonderful opportunity that brings families together over a shared love of books. This summer, 4,321 children and teens participated in the seven-week program, reading more than 63,000 books.
Additionally, activities were offered to an audience of 24,943 children and their families, and 247 teens experienced the library hands-on and behind the scenes, volunteering for a total of more than 4,400 hours.
“Fostering a love of books encourages young people to be imaginative, articulate and inquisitive for the rest of their lives,” Mr. Hughes said. “The success of this program reflects well on our citizens, and I am proud that Mercer County is host to so many active library users and happy, well-read kids.”
This year’s programs, “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read” for kids through age 11, and “Get in the Game: Read!” for teens, ran June 20 through Aug. 5. The themes of the two programs for children and teens encouraged participants to explore fitness, exercise and the mind.
“Our goal is to keep children, teens and adults engaged with libraries throughout the summer by offering incentives and opportunities related to reading,” Mr. Hughes added. “Our Summer Reading Program improves access to library materials and literacy-related activities such as story hours, creative arts, performances and other special events, and encourages youth to become lifelong library users and readers.”
Mercer County Library System’s nine branch locations are located in member municipalities as follows: Ewing, Hickory Corner (East Windsor), Hightstown, Hollowbrook Community Center (Ewing), Hopewell, Lawrence, Robbinsville, Twin Rivers (East Windsor) and West Windsor.
The Mercer County Library System offers regularly scheduled story, craft and musical program sessions throughout the year. Please contact your local branch for details, or log onto the library website, www.mcl.org, for a complete listing of children’s and adult programs.