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Ocean of Reading Possibilities.


Walt Disney once said, “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” This year, the Webster County Library held a summer reading challenge called the “Ocean of Possibilities” in both Marshfield and Rogersville locations. It ran between June to July and was open to not only kids but adults too. Participants who completed the challenge were awarded a free book bag book and entered for a chance to win a $75 gift card to Walmart. 

Reading was not the only form of entertainment the library had. Leah Shelby, the Youth Services Librarian, highlighted what the kiddos got to do “We read, sang, built with legos and crafted. S.T.E.A.M. has also been awesome. Some activities included jelly bean engineering, magic milk, building D.N.A. structures out of red vines and gummy bears, and Oobleck. We have learned about structural engineering, molecular structures, liquid science, and the properties of matter. In the craft club this summer, kids worked with clay, mosaics, and painted.” The adults had the opportunity to make terrariums, lampshades, and even painting classes. 

Both libraries report that over 900 participants joined in. In addition, they read almost 6,800 books. The fun, though, does not stop just because summer is ending. The library promises there will be more events and programs throughout the rest of the year. 

Shelby concludes, “So many fun community activities planned, and that is just the beginning of fall. I am looking forward to continuing to making the kids library space a welcoming place for our community to learn, create, and nurture a love of reading.” For further information, check Webster County Library’s Facebook page or website, www.webstercounty.lib.mo.us. 


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