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Evans Public Library hosts summer kickoff party

The time for summer reading adventures has now begun.

Young visitors from Sunny Days Child Care settle in around the makeshift campfire for story time Wednesday

Evans Public Library in Vandalia held its kickoff party where local children were able to come in, sit for a story time, play games and enjoy other camping-like activities as they prepare to “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.”

“It is better than I expected,” said Children’s Librarian Shawna Sprague. “We weren’t sure what to expect since it had been a while since we were able to have one. It was our first one that was kind of like back to normal.”

Because COVID restrictions had forced libraries to get creative with hosting events. This summer, Evans Public Readers to perform activities at their own pace and come in to get a prize after finishing their logs.

Sprague said the program officially started on the first day of summer vacation, and there have been close to 100 readers who have signed up as of last week.

The library will also be hosting a couple of other events this season, including a special program on July 27 at 11:30 a.m.where representatives from Treehouse Wildlife Rescue are expected to bring in several animals, including a snake, a possum and several birds of prey.

Children’s Librarian Shawna Sprague shows off her next reading. The summer reading program is underway at Evans Public Library with nearly 100 local children ready to read.

Sprague said readers are welcome to join the summer reading program at any time. The public is also welcome to attend events.

“Everyone is welcome,” she said. “You are welcome to show up and join us.”

Qualifying readers who complete their tasks are eligible to win an assortment of prizes, including a Dilly Bar from Country Financial. A pizza party is also planned in August.