Life Sized Games Celebrate Summer Reading

By: Belinda Post Email
By: Belinda Post Email

With a record breaking number of summer readers this year, the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library planned something special to conclude their summer reading programs. Larger
Than Life Game Day’s the conclusion to a spectacular summer season.

Larger than life childhood favorites transformed the library into a game hall today.

"It was a very fun cool way to get people out to the library to get them to check out books," said library guest David Long.

It was a celebration, marking the end of Summerfest. Summerfest is the library’s goal-oriented summer reading program.

“We had a wonderful turnout. There were about 130 kids,plus or minus, all playing games," said Alice C. Sabatini Gallery Art Curator, Zan Popp.

"It's time to have fun now that the hard work and reading's done,” said Youth Services Supervisor, LeAnn Petrie.

Summerfest is the culmination of more than 6,500 readers who broke the summer reading program record this year.

“We're always trying to bring new people in. If this is the only event they caught this summer, it's the consolation prize."

The game's magnified size and element of competition added a twist, fun for all ages.

“Smiles, giggles, my big sister beat me," continued Popp.

“Well he beat me at pretty much every game. It was funny," said library guest Shalynn Long.

“I played on paper but it was exciting on the ground because I won,” said library guest Vera Adkins.

There were a dozen games sprinkled throughout the library from 10a.m.-2p.m.


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