Library District Holds End Of Summer Party
The Crawford County Library District held a party Wednesday to celebrate the end of the summer reading program — Reading Rocks.
Library Director Elizabeth Outar said around 60 kids and 35 parents came out to Memorial Recklein in Cuba for a late afternoon and early evening full of activities for the kids.
The summer reading program was the first held by the Crawford County Library District since splitting from Ozark Regional and Outar said they are happy with turnout and participation.
“We had larger turnout and more participation,” Outar said, noting that there was a grassroots community push to provide a robust program. The deadline for federal and state grants to be used for the summer program is in November, right around the time Crawford County was finalizing its split from Ozark.
Outar said volunteers came through with prizes for participation.
“We really hustled to get the community involved and make up the deficit,” she said.
With the district fully staffed, Outar said they can go after those grants for next summer’s program, which will focus on outer space to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moon landing.
This summer’s program averaged 16 participants per session as they explored rocks in the geological and musical form. Outar said they made musical instruments, painted rocks, took virtual tours of museums with geological displays and more. Stories went along with each craft and program that week.