Rowan Public Library
This year, Rowan Public Library’s Summer Reading Program offered an “ocean of opportunity” for participants to win prizes! Every year, chances to win a variety of big prizes are offered to readers who join in the summer reading fun. The prizes sponsored by the Friends of the RPL are distributed according to age groups. Children’s prices are divided into two categories: infant, toddler, preschool (0-5 years old) and school (6-10 years old). Teen prices are designated for grades six through 12e students (11-17 years old). The adult awards are designed for ages 18 and older, which includes 2022 recent high school graduates. The winners of the teen awards were announced at the Teen Summer Reading Finals and the National Teen Lock-In . The winners of the Children’s and Adults’ Summer Reading Awards were announced during the Children’s and Adults’ Summer Reading Finals, a pre-recorded video that was posted to the library’s Facebook page (@rowanpubliclibrary).
Children’s summer reading
Every child who read 20 Hours received free books and a chance to win a Super Reader Prize Bag filled with fun kid-friendly treats. One winning ticket for the Super Reader Prize Basket was drawn at each branch in the preschool and school categories. Super Reader Raffle winners at RPL HQ (Salisbury) are Colton W. and Ava W., RPL East (Rockwell) winners are Elyse L. and Elliot S, RPL South (China Grove) winners are Kathleen Y . and Oliver B ., the winners at RPL West (Cleveland) are Carolana M. and Carly S.
Summer reading for teens
Teens were invited to attend the Teen Summer Reading Finals and the National Teen Lock-In, which included a special after-hours experience at RPL’s head office (Salisbury). Teens enjoyed refreshments, games, crafts, virtual discussions with authors and the winners were announced. The five-hour prizes included a diamond painting kit, an ocean wave projector, a crystal reef growing kit and a $10 gift card to the South Main Book Company in Salisbury. The ten-hour prizes included a sea turtle float, an ocean zen garden, a jellyfish lamp and a $50 gift card to the South Main Book Company in Salisbury. Twenty-hour prizes included a Fitbit Inspire 2, a Kindle 10 with accessories and a $100 gift card to the South Main Book Company in Salisbury. The 5 Hour Prize winners are Alexandria A., Damon L., Jeremy K. and Kai M; the 10 hour winners are Arabella E., Deborah W., Isabella L. and Clara B; the 8 p.m. prize winners are Noor E., Betty K., and Bayley K. Teen prize winners have been contacted to collect their prizes.
Summer reading for adults
The summer readings for adults were a great success this year! The adult short story contest garnered a record 14 entries, all featuring “The Power of Possibilities”. After serious deliberation, the winner has been determined to be Charity B. She will receive a Friends of RPL tote bag containing an LGFCU portable cooler, a $10 Amazon gift card and a reusable Rocket notebook, which allows the user to upload his writings to the cloud, then wipe the pages.
The top five winners of the adult reading diary will receive an Amazon gift card ranging from $75 to $25. The top player logged 686 hours, second place logged 665, third place logged 442, fourth place logged 337, and fifth place logged 286 hours. The top 25 readers are eligible for goodie bags containing prizes from RPL Summer Reading sponsors, and all have already been contacted by phone and/or email with pick-up instructions.
Summer Reading attendees of all ages were invited to visit all RPL locations for a chance to win a pizza night. Customers who visited the four RPL branches with a pizza night raffle entry form received a stamp specific to that branch. Customers who returned their entry form with all location-specific stamps were entered for a chance to win Pizza Night. The library received 19 entries for the pizza night raffle and the winner is Cooper Z. Congratulations Cooper!
All Summer Reading 2022 prizes must be collected by September 1. Winners may call 980-432-8670 to arrange prize pickup. Rowan Public Library’s summer reading programs and events are sponsored by the Friends of Rowan Public Library. For more information on Friends of RPL, visit www.friendsofrpl.org. For more information on summer reading or future programs and events, visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org or call 980-432-8670.