Summer Reading Program-Grand Finale

The Fizz, Boom, Read Summer Reading Program of 2014 is coming to an end.  We enjoyed programs, reading and fun.  The reading part of the Summer Reading Program is still going on, so continue to turn in those reading cards.  Here are some pictures from the last 2 programs we hosted here at the Library.  Enjoy.

Travis-we miss you

Travis Crampton pictureWe at the East Morgan County Library have said goodbye to our Clerk, Travis Crampton.  Travis graduated from Brush High School in May and is starting his new adventures at Muskinghum University in New Concord, Ohio.  We know he will be successful in this new adventure.

Travis starting working at the Library in 2011 as a Shelver. He then moved up in “library world” to a Clerk in 2013. He did a wonderful job in both positions, but as a clerk he had the opportunity to influence the other students with his vast knowledge of the library’s collection.  He loved books and was an avid reader.  There were so many times he would be working with us at the front desk, see a Dr. Seuss book, pull it open and show us that you can “rap” any Seuss book.  Travis was also like a kid at Christmas time when his favorite books came in.  After he read them, he would tell you all about the plot, characters, and setting and even made great recommendations to patrons.  His broad range of genres and his enthusiastic endorsements made reading sound exciting to the kids.  He would be even more excited if he found you were interested in the same type of books he was, and was always eager to engage in discussion and share fun facts or thoughts about what he read.

We are going to miss other things about Travis.  His love and enthusiasm for music was contagious.  When you visit with him, you can’t help but be excited about music as well.  He uses this talent in many areas, including being a wonderful addition to the Community Band in Fort Morgan.  But we especially enjoyed when he played his guitar for the Summer Reading Program Kick-off this year.

You don’t often meet kids that are interested in their family history, but he was passionate about it.  During his last week at the library, he had Karen showing him how to look up more of his family genealogy.  He was so excited about the things he found out and was eager to share them with us.

We miss Travis, but wish him the best of luck and we know he has a bright future ahead of him.

EMCL staff


Summer Reading Program Kick-Off 2014

The Summer Reading Program started Wednesday, June 4th at 6:00 PM.  To get things going, the Brush Fire Department brought their firetrucks for an evening of fun.  Even though it rained, the Firemen were able to give rides, talk about how the fire trucks work and their equipment, and even let people shoot the hose.  The programs for the Summer Reading Program will be Wednesdays at 3:00 PM.  Check out these pictures.


Fizz, Boom…READ!

5th Grade School Visit pictureAs I look at my schedule for the next month, I feel overwhelmed by the full calendar. However, when I look at the individual activities, I become excited. I have a month full of kids, reading, and fun – all things that make a nerdy children’s librarian’s heart sing! As the East Morgan County Library gears up for the annual Summer Reading Program, Christy and I will finish out May having talked to nearly every child in the Brush School District from Preschool through 8th grade. We visited Thomson Primary at the end of April reading to all the Head Start and Thomson Preschool students, presenting each student with a free book.

For May, every class will visit our library to tour the library and hear about “Fizz, Boom – Read!” This theme is a S.T.E.M. related theme. S.T.E.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. All our activities for the summer will cover this theme. The activities are mainly for Kindergarten through 5th grade, but we will also have our regular Story Times and teen TAG Team meetings. We will have some building and demolition games, some Lego activities with the Lego Guy, some rocketry, the Big Bubble Circus, and visits from the fire department and city. As it is the 100th year of 4-H, we will also combine some programs with the Morgan County Extension Office.

We hope to see many children throughout the summer as they have fun and learn about books and reading. We will encourage them to broaden their horizons through reading and learning. Sign-ups are easy and will start the week of May 27th. We will have a kick-off event the evening of June 4th, which will include a visit from the Brush Fire Department and stories and snacks around campfires. The remainder of our events will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in June and July. We hope to see you there!

Laura McConnell

Children’s/Teen Librarian


The Tag Team

Divergent Book CoverThe TAG team has a busy month in March. We will meet on Wednesday, March 19, at 3:30 in the activity room. We have been reading Divergent by Veronica Roth. At our next meeting we will play a game based on the book and make survival bracelets. Also that week on the 21st of March we will travel to the Cover Theater in Fort Morgan for our own preview showing of the movie on opening day. We are teaming up with the Book and Movie Club from Brush Middle School.

The TAG Team meets every third Wednesday of the month at 3:30. We discuss books, do crafts together, and perform community service. All students from 6th – 12th grades are welcome to join us. This summer we have some special activities planned specifically for the teens during our Summer Reading Program. To join stop by the library for more information, or come by during our next meeting on the 19th!

TAG Team at the Library

Catching Fire book pictureCheck out what is new with our TAG Team at the library. TAG stands for Teen Advisory Group. Our TAG Team meets the third Wednesday of every month (and sometimes more), to discuss books, have fun activities, and do community service projects. We are getting ready to start our coordination with the Brush Middle School Book and Movie Club. We will meet to discuss Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy. Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 18th from 3:30 – 4:30. Join us in the activity room.

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