Powell River library concludes successful summer reading program

Participants launch rockets with slingshots on final day

Powell River Public Library wrapped up its summer reading club program with a flourish on Wednesday, August 7.

Young participants in the free seven-week club teamed up with adult caregivers on their final day to take part in an engineering challenge: constructing slingshot straw rockets and launching them over a moon hung in the library’s foyer. Despite a reduction in federal funding, the program saw an increase in participants in 2019 and was a great success, according to chief librarian Rebbecca Burbank.

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“Our staff turned out amazing new programs for summer reading club,” she said. “Launching rockets was a perfect finale.”

Activities throughout the summer included a Mad Hatter’s parade facilitated by local artist Meghan Hildebrand, a shadow play with children’s author and illustrator Deborah Zagwyn, collaging with artist Theo Angell and a junior archaeology course with conservator Naoko Fukumaru.

“This year we saw even higher attendance at some events than last year,” added Burbank. “We had a great response from the families involved and we’re already looking forward to next year.”

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