PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There are certain signs that summer is beginning to wind down â€” cooler nights, back-to-school sales and, last but not least, the conclusion of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library's summer reading program.
"The theme for this summer's program was 'Dig Into Reading,â€™" said Coral Ellshoff, Punxsutawney Memorial Library director.
"It's been all about underground adventures, moving dirt, gardening, underground animals and mining," she said. "The musician we have here today, Jay Smar, specifically sings coal mining songs."
Ellshoff said they had a huge number of middle school kids (â€˜tweens) participate this year.
"We had over 30 kids from that age group who were enrolled and were really excited to be readers," she said. "We had 150 registered summer readers, 89 of whom reached their summer reading goals."
She said 1,714 books were read by the summer readers.
The four groups were the â€˜tweens (middle school); elementary, (K-3); Pre-K (three years to five years of age); and the Wee-Ones (18 months to 35 months), she said.
"We had Joe Defelice, (Punxsy Borough Public Works foreman), bring a big machine over for the kids to look at," Ellshoff said, adding that the kids got to ask Defelice questions about the earth mover machine.
"Donna Cooper, director of the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority, showed us how to make a compost bin," she said. "We did some gardening activities also."
Ellshoff said the attendance was really good throughout the summer.
She also said the program concluded with a pizza party, music and games at the library on Tuesday.
Ellshoff reminds the kids to join the fall reading program, which runs from Sept. 23 to Dec. 13.