Paul Daybell, assistant director, North Logan City Library

Another successful Summer Reading program at the North Logan City Library has come to a close. The theme this year was to “Build a Better World at Your Library”.

Summer Reading Highlights

During the summer, we asked participants to track each hour read. For the entire summer, we tracked nearly 12,000 hours of reading.

We also hosted a program called Oh! The Place Our Books Will Go inspired by Dr. Seuss and summer travel. After checking out materials to take on their travels, patrons marked their destinations on a huge map of the United States. Our patrons visited 38 states (including Hawaii and Alaska!) as well as Mexico and Canada, and the book logging the most frequent-flyer miles made it all the way to Europe!

We owe a huge shout out to all the amazing people who made each our Summer Reading events possible. We want to thank the princesses and superheroes of The Character Club, Mike Hamilton the magician, Utah Scales and Tails, musician Eric Herman, Ray Checketts and Checketts Amusements, Diane Roberg with Dazzle Dogzz, North Logan City and the North Logan Fire Department. Their talents and contributions helped us provide great activities at the library for our fabulous Cache Valley families.

We would also like to thank the Cache Valley Family Magazine for partnering with us for the second year in a row at the Best of Cache Valley Festival, which had businesses and members of our community come out and showcase what they do to make Cache Valley an incredible place to live.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

We are putting the finishing touches on a new program called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. We want to help families prepare kids to be successful readers and lifelong learners, starting when they are babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Sharing books with children helps them learn essential skills. They learn to understand the sounds letters make, develop a larger vocabulary and build background knowledge.

If you read three books a day, you will read 1,000 books in less than one year. If you read one book per day, it will take just under three years. This program will be open to all children from birth through age 5, regardless of whether they have library cards or live in North Logan. We will give parents a record book to keep track of how many books their child reads or hears, and they will come to the library to receive prizes when they hit milestones along the way to 1,000. We look forward to offering encouragement, book recommendations and fun along the way.