Summer reading program has a splashy conclusion at library

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A sign in the parking lot at the Aiken County Library warned motorists the area was prone to flooding.

Children play in water in the back parking lot of the Aiken County Library during a party marking the end of the summer reading program. Aiken County Department of Public Safety firefighters hosed the children down, turning the parking lot into a shallow lake.  Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Children play in water in the back parking lot of the Aiken County Library during a party marking the end of the summer reading program. Aiken County Department of Public Safety firefighters hosed the children down, turning the parking lot into a shallow lake.

Last Wednesday, about 300 people discovered that was true.

Firefighters from the Aiken Department of Public Safety turned on a hose to spray down children and parents attending the final event of the library's summer reading program.

Within 30 minutes, a knee-deep pool had collected in the lot.

About 1,000 children and teens participated in the summer reading program at the Aiken County Library, said children's librarian Jennie Beck.

"This has been the busiest summer I've ever seen," she said.

More teenagers signed up this year than in past years, she said, possibly drawn by some incentives.

"We're doing a drawing for an iPod donated by Target," she said. The drawing for the iPod will be held around Aug. 4, Ms. Beck said.

The library had at least one special event each week, with some being held twice in one day to accommodate the crowds, she said.

Summer events included a show by Porkchop Productions, guest appearances by characters such as Winnie the Pooh and The Cat in the Hat, magic shows and a visit from a representative with the Savannah River Ecology Lab.

Ms. Beck said she will take a break from programming in August, but there will be an after-school program and a monthly family night program thereafter.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.


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