It’s The Saw-whet Owl!

September 3, 2008

We had another successful Summer Reading Program again this summer! The “Catch the Reading Bug @Your Library” program was a hit with the children in town from preschool through junior high. All of us at the Essex Elementary School PTO and the Essex and Ivoryton Libraries are proud and excited to announce that the children involved in this year’s Summer Reading Program read for a total of more than 1500 hours! The children also enjoyed earning tickets for each hour they read so they could vote for their favorite animal that the Libraries and PTO will sponsor/adopt from Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton, CT this year. The children were able to choose between a Bald Eagle, a Red-tailed Hawk or a Saw-whet Owl. It was quite competitive! However, the Saw-whet Owl was the winner by a good margin and was announced at the End of the Summer Reading Party on the green in Ivoryton. Thanks to all of the people and businesses who helped to make this year’s Summer Reading Program so successful: the wonderful people who volunteered to present programs for the Libraries each week, the children and their parents who marched with the Libraries in the 4th of July Parade, Rocky, one of the mascots for the New Britain Rock Cats who came and read a story to the children, posed for pictures and signed autographs and the teens who came to help with the End of the Summer Reading Celebration. Thanks to Sweet P’s in Essex for donating free ice cream cones to the children who completed the reading program, to the EES PTO for donating funds to support the program, to the New Britain Rock Cats and the CT Defenders Baseball Team in Norwich for donating free tickets to a game for all children who completed their summer reading, to Applebee’s Restaurants, and to everyone else for all the wonderful things that you did to help keep the children of Essex motivated to read so many books.

The Essex Elementary School PTO, the Essex Library and the Ivoryton Library have been partners in the Summer Reading Program since 2004, and have found it to be a great benefit to all of our children.