The Juneau Public Libraries' summer reading program, "Make a Splash," has ended. This year's 10-week program, sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries, included children participating in 425 reading games with 3,359 books read; 10 weeks of storytimes and crafts with 1,499 children participating; two toddler times a week with 384 participating; 839 book reviews submitted; and 75 children receiving gift certificates and prizes donated by local businesses.
Summertime Family Nights were a new addition to the libraries' programming this year. Featured guests included Michael Folkerts of the Coast Guard and friend Otter for "Ocean Night"; Erin Hood, Linda Torgerson and Beverly Schoonover for "River Night"; and Karen Mahler for "Glacier Night". More than 200 kids and adults came for crafts, food, stories and information. Many volunteers also helped make the summer's programs successful.
Parents of children enrolled in the public library summer reading program reported that their children spent more time reading over the summer and read more books; were well prepared for school in the fall; and read more confidently. Teachers observed that students who participated in the public library summer reading program returned to school ready to learn, improved their reading achievement and skills, increased their enjoyment of reading, were more motivated to read, were more confident in participating in classroom reading activities, read beyond what was required in their free time, and perceived reading to be important.