The annual Library of the Chathams Summer Reading Program picnic was held on August 19, 2010 in hot sunny summer weather. The picnic, held in Memorial Park behind the library which is located on Main Street in Chatham Borough, was funded and served by the Kiwanis Club of the Chathams.
Kiwanis picnic organizer Tom Mullin reported that over 200 hot dogs were served. He also reported that over twenty Kiwanis members and spouses were on hand to grill and serve hot dogs, chips, fruit juice and ice cream.
Helping by handing out beach balloons was Chris Matturri, a student who also volunteered at the library during the summer children's reading program. Matturri was one of many volunteers and library staff that listened as children reported on books they had read during the summer. Children, including pre-K youngsters, participated in the summer reading program by reading books or by having books read to them.
"Make A Splash! Read!" was the theme for the Summer Reading Club at Library of the Chathams this year. The program ran from June 28 to August 19 and was open to all children living or attending school in the Chathams.
Children's Librarian Laura Weinbrom announced at the picnic that 121 student volunteers, with backup from the library staff, listened to book reports made by participating children. Children who read and reported on enough books were invited to the Kiwanis picnic. Children's library staff members Jamie Sabonya, Melanie Panosian and Corinne Sullivan checked into the picnic the 253 readers who had read enough books.
Weinbrom said that 549 children read and reported on 8004 books. Volunteers who listened to reports contributed 1171 hours with 22 volunteers giving over 20 hours.
Entertainment at the picnic was a "Beach Bash" led by Carol Baumgarden of Miss Carol Dance. The Chatham Women's Club sponsored this part of the picnic. Children enthusiastically danced and played with beach balls to the beat of rhythmic music.
Library of the Chathams Director and Kiwanian Diane O'Brien said "we could not do this event without the helping hands of Kiwanis - there is no line item in the Library budget for hot dogs."