The Norma Anders Public Library's sixth through eighth grade summer reading program, "Beneath the Surface" concluded on July 31 with a teen night at the library. The event started at 5 pm with a sidewalk chalk graffiti contest. Participants were each given chalk and a square of sidewalk to decorate as they chose. Many of the kids chose book and reading related themes for their sidewalk chalk art.
Then the kids watched a You Tube video from the Seattle Public Library showing their world record book domino chain of 2,131 books. The Seattle library used all book sale books for this project. Since the Norma Anders Library currently has a large selection on their book sale, Children's Librarian Rachelle Frost decided to let the kids attempt their own book domino chain in the Dysart library. Five hundred fifty-three books were set up by the kids requiring teamwork, problem solving, and cooperation for a successful book domino chain. It took approximately two and a half minutes to knock down all the books weaving throughout the library.
The kids were treated to a pizza, chips and soda for supper. Other activities included making their own super hero identities, a minute-to-win it game, and a library treasure hunt. The library treasure hunt had the kids using library skills to follow clues from one spot in the library to another. The final clue led them to a hidden treasure box with cookies and candy inside.
Pictured are Teen Night attendees Lauren Frost, Bobbie Hilmer, Audrey Powers, Emily Schmidt, Charlie Williams, Rashawn Williams, and (top row) Carlie Hoppe and Aubrey Schmidt. Below, a domino book chain.
Participants in the sixth through eighth grade who turned in reading logs read a total of 12,661 pages. They were rewarded with Barnes & Noble and iTunes gift cards. All participants attending got to take home a personal time capsule and super hero tattoos.