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To the Editor:
Wow!  What a great Summer Reading Club (SRC) this year and what a great community we live in!  With all the library budget cuts and financial woes, we were concerned that our SRC would not be as big and wonderful as it normally is, but we worried in vain. 

Our library patrons were so incredibly generous and chipped in with food, books, cash and their time and made it one of our best!  We had so much fun!  Our theme was “Make a Splash” and we certainly did!  We read books and more books and more books.  We made crafts, played games and ate Pirate Pleasin’ Vittles!  We raced our Worms and had a world class “Splash” in the bookmobile garage!  We have so many people to thank, it’s hard to know where to start.

John Schaffer started us off right as he has done for many years, with his fun music and songs for our Kick Off: Thank You!  We want to thank McDonald’s.  Every year they donate hundreds of cheeseburgers, fries and hamburger happy meals to us; we couldn’t do the program without them!  Thanks to Wendy’s for the Frostys!  Who doesn’t love those?  John and Belinda Mach loaned us so many wonderful decorations!  Inflatables, wall décor, ocean creature and all types of cool, fun stuff - thank you!  Nancy Owen and her Amazing Birds - and Bat!  We love her!  Denise Burnworth for teaching us to make fantastic “Fuzzy Flip Flops”.  We all are still wearing them!  Our Funny, Fantastic, Fabulous Grandmas:  Ethel Katoll, Myrna Nelson, and Kate Finnicum.  Every year, they help the crafts come together and man the Glitter Station and make it look easy and organized!  No small feat!  Madison Yockey was our first Guest Reader and has been our Guest Reader for 4 years now - unbelievable.  She is great!  She reads with such style and enthusiasm!  Jessi Cramer and Kyleigh Ash are following in Madison’s footsteps and were great Guest Readers this year, too.   Brittany Rohr, the Jr. Dairy Princess came and read to us here and on the World Famous Bookmobile, and shared what life is like on a dairy farm for a Dairy Princess - she still has to clean out stalls!  Skye Meek was our final Guest Reader and she thrilled us with her style and sense of fun!   What a great crop of readers!  Joyal Pittman, a true friend of the library and storyteller extraordinaire, came and shared her great stories with us, too.   All the parents and grandparents and other wonderfully generous library and bookmobile friends who bought the “Make a Splash” bags, donated books, money, food and so much more - Thank You!  We are truly blessed to live in such a caring, sharing community. 

Thanks to everyone and if we forgot someone, please remember, we’re all old and forgetful here at the library, so please accept our apologies and our sincere thank you. Have an AWESOME day!!  

Marcia Schaffer
Ruth Warrington
Roberta Doak
Carroll County District Library

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