It is hard to believe that summer is over, students have spent an unbelievable amount of time reading over the past few months, and we are so proud of them. Although this year’s program was a lot different, The Novi Public Library’s Virtual 2020 Summer Reading Challenge was very successful, with over 1,200 people reading 13,084 books.
As always, the Library also offered a number of programs to educate and entertain its guests. Although virtual, we had story times and craft videos, live Facebook events, Zoom presentations, and plenty of Grab & Go kits. The culminating event for all students in grades kindergarten to 12th grade was the chance to go to Paradise Park. Students were able to ride go-karts, play laser tag and mini-golf, and try out the climbing wall and trampoline, after which they could enjoy pizza and a drink, all generously donated by Jeff and Theresa Wainwright, owners of Paradise Park. This was the Library’s ninth year working with such an outstanding Novi business that really cares about our readers!
We also owe a large debt of gratitude to those who supported and sponsored our efforts. Among them are: The Friends of the Novi Public Library, Paradise Park, and the Novi Community School District.
Many thanks go to the Novi Community School District which partnered with us to promote reading over the summer. Also to the Walled Lake School District, for kindly distributing our program brochures to their schools. Students were encouraged to read and keep track of the amount of books read.
Finally, we want to thank the parents, grandparents, and caregivers who encouraged their children to read. Without their support our Summer Reading Program would not exist.
The Staff of the Novi Public Library