Summer Reading Challenge

School has been back in session for a while and it’s time to look forward to 2018. Before we shutter these webpages, we wanted to share our gratitude and admiration for everyone who made the Weatherford Public Library a part of their summer in 2017. 

This year we welcomed Rachel Reeves to the team as our Events Librarian. Her verve and smarts made the Adult Summer Library Challenge a huge success. With so many marvelous events to choose from and a fun series of reading Challenges to complete, it isn’t surprising that the grown-ups had a smashing summer. 418 folks joined the Summer Reading Challenge and 192 of them completed at least one Challenge. In all, we collected 1623 prize tickets, one for each of the completed Challenges. These folks deserve a huge round of applause!

Let’s not forget the reason the Summer Reading Challenge is a powerhouse every summer – our kids and teens. Their enthusiasm and hard work are an inspiration to all of us and we couldn’t be more proud. 1501 readers aged from birth to 18 registered in the Reading Rewards Program and half of them reached our 10 hour level – the most we have ever seen officially complete the program since it was developed. Our amazing kids and teens read 21385 hours between June 1st and August 13th and special mention goes out to the 184 super-readers who kept reading after 20 hours and participated in the Summer Reading Drawing. Although they made up only 12% of the group at large, they read 7325 hours. That’s 34% of the total hours read! All these kids and teens are fantastic and we can’t wait to see them next year. 

We held 139 events and activities this summer, attended by a total of 7984 people of all ages. When you compare that to last year’s total of 6150, you can imagine how busy our library was all summer long. Although most of these events featured our talented Weatherford Public Library staff as presenters and facilitators, we also hosted excellent performers and speakers who deserve a Weatherford-sized round of applause. In (mostly) alphabetical order:

Elizabeth Bittner and Laura Veloz of the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge
Dangerous Edison’s Magnificent Traveling Science Emporium
Gene Davis of The Que Pastas
Bill Ford, Cory Ford, Mike Casey and Mike Prendergast of Storm Warriors
Robert Haddock of Penguin Random House
Home Depot
Donna MJ Kinsey
Korkie the Balloon Artist
Le Theatre de Marionette
LifeCare EMS
Jessica McGee of Texas AgriLife Extension
Miss Aimee’s Balloons
Mr. B of Wildlife on the Move
Cody Mulloy of City of Weatherford Emergency Management and other representatives from the City of Weatherford Fire and Police who also spoke during the Storm Warriors presentation
Sam Nash of A Play on Swords
Jacqulin Rash
Brett Roberts
The Show in a Box troupe from Theatre Arlington
Greg Story of the National Weather Service
Sandra Vanatko of Indra’s Grace Yoga
James Wand

We also held our very first I Scream for Local Authors, which invited these fabulous Texas writers to our library: Rachel Caine, Russel Connor, Vanessa Foster, Brandy Herr, Jeramey Kraatz, Melissa Lenhardt, Mia London, Paula McDonald, Charles Norman, Kimberly Packard, Carolyn Rae, J. M. Richardson, Rose Simpson, Charles Sowell and C. A. Szarek. We loved bringing their books to our community and wish them the very best in the future.

It would not be possible for The Weatherford Public Library to bring together the Summer Reading Challenge and the Adult Summer Library Challenge without the support of our community, our partners and our patrons. We want to acknowledge all the people who do their part to make sure that our kids, teens and grown-ups discover a life-long love of reading. In no particular order:

A tip of the hat to all Weatherford Public Library staff who kept the library running through the summer, a time that would have been busy even without our Summer Challenges. 

We are in the debt of our Volunteer Corps, both teen and adult, who have worked side-by-side with our staff to make sure the library runs as smoothly now as it does at less busy times of the year. 

Cheers to all the organizations and merchants who sponsored activities and prizes for kids, teens and adults this year. Through the generosity of the following local groups and merchants, our patrons know that this community is behind them in their pursuit of learning and happiness. 

Air Evac Lifeteam
Antebellum Ale House
Anytime Fitness
Baker’s Ribs
Chandor Gardens
Childbloom Guitar Program of Parker County
CiCi’s Pizza 
City of Weatherford Animal Shelter
City of Weatherford Aquatics
City of Weatherford Communications and Marketing
City of Weatherford Electric Utilities
City of Weatherford Fire
City of Weatherford GIS
City of Weatherford Parks and Recreation
City of Weatherford Police
City of Weatherford Transportation and Public Works
City of Weatherford Utilities Billing
City of Weatherford Water and Wastewater Utilities
Cook Children’s Medical Center
Cotton Patch Café 
Dairy Queen
Doss Heritage and Culture Center
First Financial Bank of Weatherford
First National Bank of Weatherford
Freedom House
The Full Cup
Funky Munky Shaved Ice
Green Apple Therapy
Head Start
Iron Skillet
Jimmy John’s
Luxury Nails
Maverick All-Star Tumblers
Mr. Jim’s Pizza
Painting With A Twist
Parker County Cruisers
Parker County Master Gardeners
Parker County Sheriff’s Posse
Pizza Hut
Quik Trip
Red Cross
Rosa’s Café
Shep’s Place
Short Chef Creations
Splash Dayz
Sunny Street Cafe
Taco Casa
Texas AgriLife Extension
Twisted Snifter
Weatherford Aero Modeling Society
Weatherford College
Weatherford Regional Medical Center
Wild Bird Center of Weatherford

We would like to share our gratitude for groups such as the Friends of the Weatherford Public Library and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The Friends of the Weatherford Public Library assisted with funding throughout each component of our Summer Challenges and the Texas Commission of the Art made our library the recipient of one of their Arts Respond Grants, which brings Texas artists and performers to libraries and schools all around the state. There is no better evidence of their faith in our community than the unstinting support they offer in everything we do at our library.

Finally, a gracious thank you to all our library users. Even if you didn’t join in the festivities this summer, you support everything we do by choosing our library as your community hub and we are happy to be of service.

See you all in 2018!

June 1st, 2017 - August 13th, 2017

Summer Reading Challenge Kid's Poster 2017
Summer Reading Challenge Teen Poster 2017
Summer Reading Challenge Adult Poster 2017
For ages birth to 11 years
For ages 12-18 years
(Note: 18 must still be in school for this challenge)

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Weatherford Public Library 
1014 Charles St. 
Weatherford, TX 76086 
Phone: 817-598-4150