A Summer of Reading, Science, and Fun
Avid book readers abound in Spring Hill according to the city’s Library Summer Reading Program. A total of 1,241 participated in their reading-for-reward incentive, all done online via the Spring Hill Library’s website. A total of 4,990 books were read and recorded and, besides toys, treasures and free food coupons from sponsors, over 600 books were given away as prizes.
There was a program going on at the Spring Hill Library nearly every day for children, teens, or adults; 52 programs in all with a total of over 6,000 attending. Most activities for children had a science-theme, so kids experimented to see which candy bars floated, rocketed balloons, and they made tornadoes in bottles and parachutes from dinner napkins. They made domes and pyramids, built catapults, created electric circuits, and discovered the insulating effect of blubber.
Professional entertainers came weekly, including unique presenters such as a look-alike actor who taught the children about the inventions of Benjamin Franklin. Dr. Robert Pyatt of the Ohio State University led the audience through solving a lunch theft mystery so that even 5-year-olds understood DNA. Children met an eagle owl, a fennee fox, and a dwarf caiman up close and personal, giving them a greater understanding of the food chain of animals.
Among the teen events, there was a forensics class from the Spring Hill Police Dept., a rocket launch, a robotics demo, and a library lock in.
The adults enjoyed a presentation by a real-life wilderness survivor, a murder mystery party, and workshops on writing, crafts, and hiking.
The challenge for adults was to read a book a week and they could also enter a tic-tac-toe reading challenge raffle. Heather Miller won the Kindle Fire and Taegan Martin won the IPod Shuffle and an iTunes gift card.
The Spring Hill Library is grateful to their sponsors: McDonalds, Fast Lane Express Lube Shop, Bear Glen Championship Putting Course, Anytime Fitness, Buffalo Wild Wings, Captain D’s, Cracker Barrel, Friends of the Spring Hill Library, Dominos, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Chik-Fil-A of South Franklin, Little Caesars Pizza, Olympus Fitness, Shining Light Gymnastics, Papa John’s Pizza, and all those who donate “nearly new” books to the library.
The city’s Library offers free programs open to the public throughout the year. Events are listed on their website calendar, www.springhilllibrary.org. Library cards are free to all those that live or work in Williamson or Maury county, and they have a large and varied collection of movies, audiobooks, and best sellers available for check out.
Category: Entertainment, Arts & Recreation