Two fourth graders read 4,300 minutes in summer reading program


Library says new ‘Community Heroes’ program a success

TORRINGTON – Goshen County Library Board Director Ellen Creagar presented the July and end of summer reading program report to the Goshen County Commissioners at its regularly scheduled August meeting on Tuesday; in her report she detailed that two fourth graders had read 4300 minutes, or 72 hours, in just over eight weeks during the summer reading program.

“It was an absolute success,” Creagar told commissioners. “We are so excited with how well it turned out and how many children participated – across the county.”

Some final statistics from the Goshen County Library summer reading program titled, ‘Standing Tall with Community Heroes’ she provided to the commissioners included:

  • More than 160,000 minutes read by all participants;
  • Two fourth graders read about 4,300 minutes, or 72 hours, combined in eight weeks;
  • Roughly 1,700 books were read;
  • 377 children registered to participate (150 more than 2021);
  • 313 total active participants;
  • There were 214 daily active readers in the summer reading program;
  • 68 grand prizes were given to readers in the program – all of which were donated by community members and businesses.

Goshen County Library Director Cristine Braddy told the Telegram previously at the start of summer that she had hoped “children will walk away from the reading program being more engaged in our community and civically minded.”

As Creagar explained some of the content children read, crafts, learning activities and special community “hero” visitors at the library each week – it became clear the participants of the program were engaged and already putting to work what they were learning.

Some of those heroes included: members of law enforcement; members of public safety – such as firefighters and members of both the animal and human health fields as well as members of local elected offices.

Although a majority of participation did come from Torrington families – both Cregar and Braddy explained the library saw a significant increase of participation of families from all around the county; most notably from Lingle and Ft. Laramie. Creagar’s report also detailed that at least seven children from outside of Goshen County participated in the summer reading program in Torrington.

“Readers came from pretty much all over the county – Yoder, La Grange, Hawk Springs, Lingle, Fort Laramie, Huntley, of course Torrington and some outside the county too,” Cregar told commissioners.

Braddy told the Telegram at National Night Out, “I’m really thankful to our entire community for stepping up and helping us out by donating about $3,000 thousand dollars to provide prizes to the kids.” She also thanked the library foundation and local businesses for support in the summer reading program.

The ‘Standing Tall for Community Heroes’ summer reading program also kicked off the Goshen County Library’s 100th Birthday celebrations, which ended in a splash at the Torrington Pool last week.

As a continuation in celebrating its 100th Birthday, on August 15, the library is hosting an afternoon Tea Party at 3 p.m. at the library, 2001 E. A St., Torrington, where the library will honor longtime librarian Janet Flock; she has served the library for 34 years.

Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased on the library website. The price includes the tea and light snacks. To purchase tickets, visit www.goshencountylibrary.org.

This year for WyoGives, the library raised $19,433 of its $25,000 goal, and is still accepting donations online, by mail or in person. For more information visit the library website.

Also, in celebration of 100 years of service, the Goshen County Library has new library cards already available. The cost is $5 to replace non-expired cards, however, is free for new and/or expired cards.

The library will also host Octoberfest and Trunk-or-Treat along its reading-and-walk path with details of both to come at the end of August.

On Nov. 14, the library will host a very special 100th Birthday celebration in honor of serving Goshen County for 100 years. More information about those events will come at a future time as details are still being finalized.

With back-to-school rapidly approaching, the library is announcing a Back-to-School Reading Challenge for the month of August which will ducktail off of the summer reading program and add more to it. More information can be found by going online, visiting the library website and talking to librarians at the local schools.

Creagar also said the library added coding and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) programming reading programs this fall for pre-K through twelfth grade as well as an all-new art program for teens. More information about both can also be found on the library website and by visiting the library in-person.

The next library board meeting is Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. in the Goshen County Library.

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