Summer Success 2012 

TopSummer reading success

 at the Hancock County Public Library in 2012

2,928 child, teen, and adult summer reading club members


46,232 books read & logged


165,604 items borrowed in June & July. Both months broke all previous records


352% increase in eBook and audio book downloads for June & July compared to last year


56,103 library card holders

Children's Winners

Children's Bike Winner  
Peter Hummel wins a new bike, donated by Walmart, in the children's grand prize drawing for Greenfield.
Children's iPod Shuffle Winner  
 Jamie Carr wins an iPod Shuffle in the New Palestine drawing, donated by Walmart in Greenfield. She can download up to 3 songs a week from the library's site.

Teen Winners

Teen Winner Kindle Fire   
 Courtney Hale, wins the teen grand prize, a Kindle Fire, funded by the Friends of the Hancock County Public Library.
Teen Gift Card Winner 12  
 Teen Lillian Sutton wins a $100 gift card funded by the Friends of HCPL.

Adult Winners

Adult Kindle Winner 12  
 Kim Willet picks up her Kindle Fire with children Kenzie, Caden, and Zack. The whole family participated in the reading  club. Now Kim can download eBooks from the library's OverDrive collection.
Adult Gift Card Winner 12  
 Patrie Davis wins a $100 gift card. Both adult prizes were sponsored by the Friends of the Hancock County Public Library.


carnival water race   
 Sisters Mady & Makynzie Mills water race with Library Director/CEO Dianne Osborne and Librarian Terri Gorden.
Giant Slingshot
Lilla Hornek tries her luck with the giant slingshot.
Shell Game 12
Kirk Knecht plays a fast-moving shell game.
marshmallow shooter 
Parker Takach aims an air-powered marshmallow shooter while Kevin Gioe coaches. 
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Thank You, Sponsors!
TO KEEP KIDS & TEENS READING, community sponsors donated coupons as incentives this summer. Gift packs included rewards from these businesses:
KIDSAmazon John 2012
Children learned about nocturnal animals from around the world during one of an array of programs with a night theme.
Right, Ian Jack pets a boa constrictor at a live animal show with Amazon John.
What did you like best about the summer reading club?


"The club gives the family something to look forward to every week during the long summer in addition to the time spent together reading and learning."


"The juggler and the lady animal act were so entertaining. I appreciated how they brought the children into their presentation."


Space Explorers 12

"The prizes were AWESOME!! Getting a free book is a BIG deal, and the coupons to local restaurants for free kids' meals and snacks allowed Mom to give us special treats that she normally would not have been able to do."


 Right, Garrett Haines samples astronaut ice cream and makes sand art during a Space Explorers session.


Teens made glow jars, mingled with zombies, made Hunger Games survival snacks, and found incentives to read over the summer.
At both library locations 45 teen volunteers read to 48 elementary school children over the summer. The project for helping kids maintain their reading levels was made possible by a "Youth as Resources Grant" from United Way of Central Indiana.
The library hosted 34 teen events this summer with 727 attending. Teens read 3,021 books and wrote 730 online reviews.
The Friends of the Hancock County Public Library funded a $100 gift card as the Teen Book Trailer Contest prize. Watch the first & second place winners:
Book Trailer for THE PRINCESS DIARIES, by Meg Cabot
First place winner, Catherine Smith 
The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot.  
Second place winners Olivia Smith & Dana Woodworth
Skinned, by Robin Wasserman
What teens have to say:


"I love how we can log the books we read online."


"I really like the crafts that Christy has once or twice a month. I also participated in the book trailer contest, which was fun."


"I thought that the Teens Read the Way program was a great idea. I hope its available next year, too."


"The prizes were a great incentive to keep on reading."


ADULTSBanister String Band 12
Adults were treated to free evening concerts, cooking classes, and a program that recalled the 1960s space race.
Right, Roger and Jan Banister's string band played foot-stomping bluegrass classics.



Thanks for telling us!


"I enjoyed the music performances. They were both excellent."


"I don't normally keep track of what I read, but the summer reading program not only forces me to keep track, it also gives me a reward for reading. Even at my age, I like rewards."


"I'm so glad that the library does such a great job with everything they offer."


"I like the motivation to read more. I love to read but often don't make the time for myself."


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