Thursday, August 4 2022

The Public Library of Commerce has announced that this summer has been busier than the pre-COVID summer. Library staff have seen many new families and patrons create higher checkouts than in previous summers.

“This year, 531 children participated in the Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Challenge,” said staff member Tami McClung. “Of these children, they tracked the number of books they read or the minutes they read if they read chapters. I am happy to report that as of July 15, children have read 16,630 books and 88,047 minutes. Congratulations to all!”

The winners of the Library Bingo summer reading program for teens and adults will be announced next week. The Library thanks Friends of the Library, DQ of Commerce, and Tanger Outlets for their donations to the 2022 Summer Reading Program. The winner of the Georgia Aquarium pass will be announced in early August. Young patrons participating in early literacy activities can collect their prizes until July 30.

Children 18 and under enjoyed daily breakfasts all summer long thanks to the many donors who helped make this goal possible: Commerce City Schools, Quality Foods, Four Seasons Garden Club, the Banks Jackson Food Bank, Commerce Library Board, Commerce First Baptist Church, Friends of the Library, Red Clay Realty, Commerce Kiwanis and SK Battery America. Library volunteers helped staff pick up and pack these meals. The library served more than 1,500 meals during the eight weeks of summer reading. “Thank you Commerce for being so kind to our children,” said manager Angel Abounader.

Going forward, there will be several interesting family programs in August, more on that next week.

Upcoming programs include: Mondays, Yoga at 10:30 am; Wednesdays, Hooks and Needles at 10:30 a.m. and Family Story Time with Brittney at 10:30 a.m.; Thursday, Financial Q&A, Teen Smash at 4-5:30 p.m., chess at 6 p.m. and yoga at 6 p.m.; and Friday, Baby and Me at 10:30 a.m.

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