FRAMINGHAM – It was a record-breaking year for the Framingham Public Library’s summer reading program.
Tonight, August 21, the Framingham Public Library held a celebration for the end of the 2019 Summer Reading Program. The event was moved indoors due to rain, but there were still plenty of hot dogs, ice cream, and music.
Along with food, entertainment included singer/songwriter Kristen Graves who performed some songs that everyone could sing along to.
Attendees had a wide variety of ages, just as the Summer Reading Program does. The program is split up into three groups: kids, teens, and adults.
The youth program included weekly events for toddlers and kids such as interactive storytelling and crafts.
The teen program encouraged teens to read by giving them 10-hour reading slips that once filled out could be turned in for prizes.
When picking a prize, teens also picked which one of six raffles they would like to be entered in.
Along with these prizes, there were also plenty of events for teens including a Star Wars celebration and a Fortnite tournament.
Finally, the adult program let adults enter a raffle ticket for each book they completed. Some possible prizes included Amazon or Stop & Shop gift cards.
Framingham Library Director Mark Contois said 656 individuals signed up for the adult Summer Reading Program which is “an all-time record” and around 2,000 kids/teens signed for their respective programs.
Christine Pratt, who does collection development for the library said these numbers are “about a 27 percent increase over last year” and a new high for the program.
She says the increase in participants may have to do with starting the program earlier this summer and creating more events for people to get involved in.
This event marked the last one of the summer, but the program plans to be back again in 2020 with hopefully another record-breaking year.
Report and photos by SOURCE intern Chad Douty, a UMass Amherst student, and a Framingham High graduate.