The Grayson County Public Library’s Summer Reading program started its family week Monday, July 11, at 6:00 p.m., which has been called the “Book Olympics” for this summer.
During the week, children who participated in the summer reading program that started in June can bring their families to participate in individual and group activities and crafts. The “Book Olympics” were held at 6:00 p.m. at the library on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week.
Families at Monday’s “Book Olympics” designed a family “flag” and created laurels to wear during competitions throughout that evening and the rest of the week. They all inked a hand to make the Olympic rings out of their hand-prints.
Every day of this week, after crafts and activities, there will be book competitions where families will compete in tasks using books in the library.
Monday’s book competition was a relay book stacking contest. The goal of the competition was for each family to stack books as high as they could in 20 minutes. Each family member took turns racing to the EZ books section of the library, back their area to stack the book, and then another family member would take their turn.
After the 20 minutes were up, everyone went to the library’s Children’s Room to get a snack of Cheetos in an ice cream cone, the library’s version of the famous Olympic torch. Book stack were measured while the families were eating.
“We have to be very precise, because it could be very close,” said Amber Johnston, a library employee who helped with the program and one of those who measured the book stacks
Families found out who won the competitions on Friday, July 15, when they were awarded the “Book Olympic” medals. On Friday, Laura Lindsey, Children’s Librarian, announced what families won the gold, silver, and bronze metals after all of the competitions were over.
Any family involved in the summer reading program can come at any of the days this family week, regardless if they come every day.
“I’m always registering,” said Lindsey, who will be giving out Summer Reading dollars to the younger children for the Summer Reading Store later this month.
The laughter and shouts of parents and children during their friendly competition lingered in the library even after the books were stacked and families trailed to get their snacks and to drive home. Many came back each day to enjoy another evening in the library.