CHASE TWP. — While students were enjoying summer break, their minds stayed active and engaged in literacy during summer reading programs offered at Chase Township Public Library, Luther Area Public Library and Pathfinder Community Library.

“This year’s program went very well,” said Chase Township Public Library Director Roxanne Ware. “We almost had 40 kids signed up and averaged 21 to 22 kids a day. Our biggest attendance was 27 kids. We always had about a dozen parents helping. The parent participation was wonderful.”

With the theme “Libraries Rock,” one of the highlights was little rhythm instruments kids got to play. The summer fun at Chase closed with a family picnic at the Chase Park last Thursday.

At Luther Area Public Library, the summer reading program wrapped up with a pizza party, movie and an opportunity for participants to spend reading bucks at the library store.

“We averaged about 30 kids per session,” said Terri Lukshaitis, library director. “Our theme was ‘Libraries Rock,’ so last week we painted rocks and the other weeks we also had fun presentations.”

To earn reading bucks, kids are issued a notebook with 20-pages of activities. They earn (pretend) dollars for each activity completed, participating in the reading program or helping out at the library. One girl earned more than $2,000, Lukshaitis added.

Reading bucks buy toys, gadgets and other fun supplies at the library store, made possible by a grant from Lake County Community Foundation.

At the Pathfinder Community Library, students were encouraged to read as many books as possible by participating in a reading contest.

“We had 32 children sign up. Each winner received $20. Close to 750 books were checked out,” said Pathfinder Community Library Director Bonnie Povilaitis.

“The reading program was a huge success. The kids had big smiles when they got their prizes.”

Winners of this year’s reading contest were: Hanna Rose Wroblewski, 125 books; Rachel Wroblewski, 114 books; Tabitha Vandergild, 77 books; Sarah Vandergeld, 77 books; Mason Dickson, 41 books; Rebecca Vandergeld, 39 books; Laila Kelly, 25 books; Armanie Fowler, 25 books; Meiye Ivey, 25 books; Yazmin Nelson, 25 books; Nadia Kelly, 25 books; Kyra Kelly, 25 books; Katelynn McNeeley, 18 books; Gabriel Vandergeld, seven books; and Clara Gardner, six books.