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All Together Now: Summer Learning Challenge 2023 Youth Wrap-up

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All Together Now: Summer Learning Challenge 2023 Youth Wrap-up

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Write down 3 things you love about yourself.

Create art from recycled materials. 

Read for 30 minutes. 

Create a Family Kindness Jar. 

These are some of the activities that Livingston youth completed during the Summer Learning Challenge game at the Livingston Public Library. 

The theme of the summer was All Together Now, with an emphasis on kindness.  In addition to reading, children completed kindness challenges as part of a bingo board game. Prizes were earned when a child completed bingo, when the child covered the entire bingo board and grand prize packages were raffled off to participants.   

Our favorite part of the summer was hearing how families enjoyed completing the challenges together.  One parent had her entire family sign up to volunteer at a local organization to complete the Community Kindness Challenge.  Another parent reported that as part of the Family/Friend Kindness Challenge, their child spent lots of time reading with her grandmother, who was visiting from out of the country; their reading time together helped create a meaningful bond and beautiful memories for the family to cherish. The kids themselves mentioned how much fun they were having reading and being kind.     

Our program participation exceeded our expectations, with over 500 children (grade 5 and under) and 158 teens (grades 6-12) registered. Collectively, participants read for a total of 244,669 minutes and completed 5,679 Self, Family/Friend, Community and World Kindness challenges. 

Teen volunteers were a vital part of our summer success; as 67 teens volunteered for 368 shifts totaling 562.25 hours!  Teens helped register young patrons and distribute prizes for the grade 5 and under  Summer Learning Program, shelved books, assisted Librarians in programs, and more.

Congratulations to all who participated in the Library’s Summer Learning Challenge; your kindness rippled throughout Livingston and beyond. You are all winners!

Of course, our entire Summer Learning Challenge is  made possible due to the generosity and support of the Friends of the Livingston Public Library. Thank you, Friends!

~Gina Vaccaro, Head of Youth Services

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