MONTVILLE, NJ – With just a couple of weeks until the school bells ring, the Montville Township Public Library hosted its kids’ summer reading program finale on Aug. 15.

Kids who signed up during the summer to read more due to the library’s program enjoyed ice cream, a petting zoo, and they received a balloon sculpture of their choice.

Kids & Families Programs Associate Amy Resnikoff said the kids received dog tags that held beads. Kids got a bead for every hour they read, then a gold bead for every 10 hours of reading. Coupons for local businesses were raffled off each week.

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“It was great to see the kids come in, and they were excited to get the dog tag necklaces,” said Kids & Families Librarian Risa Skerker. “They really liked getting the gold beads on their chains. There were programs for the teens and adults as well. It was just something a little different.”

Throughout the summer there were programs such as a magician for the kids, concerts for the adults, and even a drum circle workshop.

Hossain and Ali’s mom said that Hossain, age 11, had enjoyed the Percy Jackson series, while Ali, 7, had enjoyed the Flat Stanley books. Hossain was very excited about the penguin balloon sculpture he received.

Jacob Rosario, age 7, had enjoyed Henry & Mudge books, along with Mr. Putter and Tabby books. His sister, Lilliana, 5, and his brothers Levi, 3, and baby Zach, age 5 months, listened along, according to his mom.

“The library program is such a good incentive,” she said. “It makes you come to the library and pick out books. They have an excellent selection of audiobooks here and we use them in the house for quiet time.”

Rebecca Spear, age 7, said she had enjoyed Captain Underpants books but also books about the American Revolution and the Civil War. She is also starting on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Younger brother Kyle, 4, read the super hero books like Batman and Superman, their mom said.

“They read anything that caught their eye and looked interesting,” she said. “They shared what they were reading and what the characters were doing, and the funny stories from the books. Anything to lead a conversation and tell stories.”

With 356 kids registered, Resnikoff called this year’s program a success.

“She puts so much energy into this, and every year is so great,” Skerker said of Resnikoff. “The kids really love it and get a lot out of it, I think.”

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