Tellico Plains Public Library o-FISH-ially wrapped up its 2022 Summer Reading Program with an awards event on Friday, July 15.
Participants learned all about “Oceans of Possibilities” this summer as they caught the reading wave, met FINtastic heroes, shared whale of a tales, dove into endless possibilities, and SEASed the day of opportunities.
The library had 90 participants who registered for this year’s program, 29 volunteers, 73 guest presenters, nearly 30 sponsors, and the average event attendance was 104.
“This was one of the biggest Summer Reading Programs we have had and we are simply overwhelmed — in the best possible way — by all your support and hope everyone had a REEL good time this summer!” said Library Director Nakienya Ledford. “We loved hearing about your favorite memories of the summer at the awards event!”
At the awards event, participants received prizes for their reading accomplishments and enjoyed a pizza party, sno-cones, and a water slide.
The top readers from each age group were as follows:
- Pre-K: Sophie Thomas, and Iris Hawk;
- Children: Olivia Thomas, and Jackson Hawk;
- Tween: Kinsley Bear, and Eli Thomas;
- Teen: Brooklyn Davis;
- Adult: Anna Thomas and Johnanna Bear.
The top overall winner was Finnley Walton with over 8,400 points.
“We are so proud of all our participants and ocean explorers and their JAWsome reading accomplishments,” said Ledford. “A huge ‘thank you’ to all our awesome guest presenters, sponsors, volunteers, and participants for making this an absolutely FINtastic Summer Reading Program! You helped make the Summer Reading Program possible at our library!”
Sponsors included: Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams, Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Big Bear Tubing, Cash Express, the Charles Hall Museum, the Cherokee Women’s Club, Chota, CPI, Eric Hazuda-State Farm Insurance, FishSkinz, Food City, Havco Wood Products, JTEKT Automotive, Keep Monroe County Beautiful, Kiwanis, The Lost Sea Adventure, the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, the Monroe County Department of Tourism, Myers Funeral Home, Papa’s Pizza, Peoples Bank, Rad Radio/WRKQ, Smoky Mountain Mattress, Southern Sweets, Tellico Mountain Realty, the Town of Tellico Plains, Wal-Mart, and many community members and library patrons.
“We cannot wait for next year’s Summer Reading Program and other upcoming events in the works at our library for the rest of 2022,” said Ledford.