In its third year, participation in the summer reading program for adults grew at the Mexico-Audrain Public Library and its branches. There were 473 participants in the May 28-July 13 program who read 3,477 books.
"I organized a summer reading program for adults in the beginning because I thought it would be fun for our patrons," Mare Prosso, adult services librarian, said. "We have continued because the patrons of the library seem to like being recognized for their reading. They want us to know they are reading."
Kerry Dubbert of Laddonia was the grand prize winner, of a $50 Visa gift card donated by the United Credit Union. Dubbert's name was drawn from the names of 37 patrons who participated in reading and attended at least one of the programs offered.
The slips each listed one-three books read, listened to or movies viewed. There were three individuals in Martinsburg, four in Vandalia and 20 in Mexico who submitted 10 or more library slips.
The theme for this summer's program was "Groundbreaking Reads," as established by the Missouri State Library. Participation in the program varied from library to library across the state. "After I attended a workshop in Moberly in 2011, I decided to organize the program at our library," Prosso said. "Other libraries in the area which participate in adult summer reading are the Daniel Boone system in Columbia and Little Dixie in Moberly."
Prosso also organized 17 programs for adults, ranging from the viewing of classic movies to how-to classes on various topics. "The most successful by far of the programs was the Ladies Tea in Martinsburg, " she said. "There were 38 participants who enjoyed refreshments and a vintage clothing display by Cathy Schafer."
This year the library partnered with eight local businesses to obtain prizes to increase awareness of the program. Along with the United Credit Union, other donors were Commerce Bank, County Market, First National Bank, Martinsburg Bank, Orscheln Farm and Home, US Bank and Westlake's Ace Hardware.
The 105 weekly prizes during the program were provided by the Friends of the Mexico Library group.
"We had great feedback from the patrons," Prosso said. "They seem to enjoy supporting the library and winning the small prizes."
Mike Hightshoe of Mexico read the most books during the program. Kathy Gilbert read the second place most books and Ethel Meadows read the third place most books. Gilbert and Meadows are both of Martinsburg.
Other participants who qualified for the top prize, by turning in more than 10 library slips, were Bernice Swaim of Martinsburg; Patsy Clithero, Brenda Nutt, Ellen Smith and Ashley Thompson of Vandalia.
Also, from Mexico: Doris Alton, Virginia Capulty, Shirley Fayad, Linda Sue Galloway, Betty Jesse, Rodney Kibble, Julie Lang, Helen LaRue, Violet Lierheimer, Sue Ellen Lipp, Lindsey Perry, Angel Poteet, Janet Potts, Pat Taylor, Dale Wilburn, Peggy Wilburn and Janet Williams.