Monday, September 17, 2007

Readers' Jamboree @ Dutch Wonderland

Saturday, September 15, the bookmobile went to Dutch Wonderland for Readers' Jamboree. We celebrated with the families whose children had completed the Library System of Lancaster County's summer reading program. Children ages six to twelve who completed 15 literacy activities plus read an additional five hours earned entrance to the family amusement park during this weekend.

The bookmobile was parked beside the Giant Slide, a fortuitous choice as the day warmed up and dried off. Folks waiting for turns on the slide found a place holder and stepped out of line to visit the mobile or swept down the slide and brought their energy and big grins inside to coo at the awesome sight of a book-lined truck. In all, 95 adults and 206 children stepped on board. Some took route schedules to skim for a stop near home. Some found gems to check out. Moms and Dads plopped down on the benches to read stories to their little ones. One father requested a reserve for a family pass to the North Museum. Folks from afar--Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and New York--told stories about their libraries back home. More than a few observations about the crowded park were clarified when travelers heard about the jamboree.

The Readers' Jamboree is a generous gift of Dutch Wonderland who has been one of the summer reading program's sponsors for four years. Visitors to the bookmobile said they were having a great time. One woman exclaimed, "We love this park! We'll be back again before it closes for the season."

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