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Library closes the chapter on summer

Eileen Morgan leads Japanese Taiko drumming at the 2017 Summer Reading Program finale at Memory Park. (Darlene Westcott/Courtesy)

Eileen Morgan leads Japanese Taiko drumming at the 2017 Summer Reading Program finale at Memory Park. (Darlene Westcott/Courtesy)

The Chino Valley Public Library is closing the chapter on this year’s summer reading program with a grand finale today.

This year’s summer reading program has been wonderful, said Youth Services Library Manager Darlene Westcott. Some new families came in, which is always exciting, Westcott said.

“New families move to the area, so it’s a great way to meet new friends and to get the kids excited about the library,” she said. “They’ve all been well attended.”

Though it takes about half a year to put the program together, the work was already done when it started, Westcott said. As such, she was able to enjoy it with all the families and said it was like a big reunion because all the kids she doesn’t always get to see over the school year come back and have fun.

Held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 25, at Memory Park, located at Palomino Road and North Road 1 West, the finale includes a surf water slide and old-fashion games for the kids. Westcott said each participant has to play the games, which may be a watermelon eating contest or bean bag toss, before getting a ticket for the waterslide. It helps to cut down on a long line, she said. Reading contracts should also be turned in before the program starts to receive free books which will be distributed at 10:40 a.m.

It’s a community event perfect for families, even if they didn’t bring their kids to any of the other summer programs, Westcott said. Anyone who attends should come to be wet, bring a picnic lunch and be with all the other families, she said.

Yet, as one book closes, another opens as Westcott said her story times start up again on Monday, Aug. 6. Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. is for preschoolers ages 3 to 6 and Tuesdays at 10 a.m. are for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years. There’s other programs coming up too, Westcott said.

“In September, I’ve got a unicorn program planned. I’ve got a new magician coming in during Fall Break,” she said. “I’ve got Mr. and Mrs. Claus coming, I’ve got my annual pumpkin pie feast.”

Westcott said she wanted to thank all the sponsors of the summer reading program, especially those of the special needs program. It began in 2004 and the Chino Valley Public Library is the only library in the Quad-City Area that does a special needs program in the summer for all ages. As the last one finished up for the summer on Thursday, July 19, Wescott said she stood there and cried. For more information about the Chino Valley Public Library programs, visit

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