An update on library programming and funding.

The summer reading program went really well again this year. We had over 500 kids through the doors for the various programs we did throughout June and July. The kids completed book bingo cards for prizes. They had a great time. Summer reading is always a blast. Next year’s theme is all about music. It’s going to be entertaining!

Storytime is every Friday at 10 a.m. Stop in with your children and let the children’s librarian read you a story. There’s almost always an activity that follows, too.

Next month’s (September) movie night is Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. The movie will be “Captain Underpants.” Stop in and check out the book before you come and see the movie. As always, there will be popcorn and punch. This is a free event.

It’s the end of August, and the kids are back in school. With school comes homework. I know that schools are heavily stressing reading. Some kids have to take Accelerated Reading tests after they have read their books. Most schools mark their books in some way to show reading level and points available for testing. The library does not do this. But this information is readily available at ARBookFind.com. All you have to do is enter the title. The site even lets you search by author. I know some kids out there already have a favorite author and that’s great.

I recently wrote a letter to the editor about going in front of the Brown County Commissioners and asking for an increase in funding from the county. That meeting was held on Aug. 21. There were about 40 Brown County residents in attendance, all in support of the five public libraries in the county. Numerous people spoke. I am happy to report that the commissioners approved a five percent increase for 2018. That equals an additional $3,700 on top of about $73,000. That money will be divided equally amongst the five libraries. I would personally like to thank Deb Mayhew, mother of seven, for speaking that day. It was also great to have Bev Petersen and Sleepy Eye Councilman Larry Braun in attendance for support. If I’ve missed someone that was there from Sleepy Eye, I am sorry but I am very grateful that you were there.

The library will be closed Monday, Sept. 4 for Labor Day. Have a safe and wonderful holiday.