Program ends on a sweet note

As far as happy endings go, this one was pretty tasty.

The Rancho Santa Fe Library celebrated the conclusion of their summer reading program with their annual ice cream social last Friday, topping it off with a fun carnival and puppet show.

The library had more children sign up this year than any other year; 423 young readers turned pages this year compared to last year’s 380. In six weeks, the children read a total of 2,401 hours.

“It was fun, it went fast,” said Debbie Wilson, the library’s youth services manager. “The best part of this for us is to see how much the children love to read and love to come to the library.”

The summer reading program required each child to read a minimum of 10 hours. Top readers included Hailey Kerr who read 120 hours, Sophia Kazmeirawitz with 110 and Lauren Thompson and Gemma Greely each read 70.

From the third grade and younger group, standouts were Cameron Rogers and Kaylin Manzani, who read 40 and 25 hours respectively.

Rachel Marren and Amy Shuss helped plan the whole carnival held in the community center gym. Children tried their luck at all kinds of carnival games; one had them launching parachutes from upstairs, trying to hit a target.

And of course there was the ice cream, big tubs of the creamy stuff with all kinds of toppings for kids to load up on.

The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild sponsored the reading program, just one of the many programs they provide for children at the library including after school activities and story times.

The guild also pays staff salaries and purchases books for the library, which will serve as R. Roger Rowe’s campus library while the school undergoes its renovation. The guild is always looking for donations. Find out how to support the library by visiting