A student’s story

Hughesville library wraps up summer reading program

The Hughesville Area Public Library (HAPL) has once again wrapped up another year of an amazing summer reading program. This summer’s theme was Build a Better World and the Hughesville Library sought to give youth and adults in the community the tools they need to better themselves as individuals.

Throughout the summer, the library held a total of 88 programs and involved nearly 2,000 members of the community. One of the fan favorite programs from last year made a reappearance as the Library Olympics, a competition held to determine the champion of library athletics, was once again held. Among the new and exciting events were the Fairy House and Toad House crafting sessions in which children and their parents had the opportunity to make their very own creations to take home. For the teenage group, local history teacher Mr. Machmer from Hughesville High School led a short program through which participants learned fun facts about their hometown of Hughesville. One of the most popular programs on the adult side was the Self Defense Class taught by adult probation officer Robert Thompson where he taught simple, easy to use techniques that could one day save someone from becoming a victim in the case of an attack.

Although the official end took place August 16th with an ice cream sundae party, the library has been working ever since to conclude all aspects of the programs, including having participants take a survey so HAPL can keep working towards an even better program next year. In fact, the library already is starting to plan their program for the next two years, with the theme for 2018 being centered around music and the catchphrase “Libraries Rock!” and 2019 being geared toward space education.

The Hughesville Area Public Library had a great summer and thanks all members who participated in the events. For those who didn’t get a chance, not to worry, the library hosts activities all year long ranging from art clubs to family storytimes. Stop in and see what HAPL has to offer you today!

Thompson is a senior at Hughesville High School. Her column is published on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Education section. She can be reached at education@­ sungazette.com.