Summer finale

With summer fun quickly coming to an end and the school year just around the corner, the Oakhurst Library 2015 Summer Reading Program - Read to the Rhythm - officially came to a close last week.

About 150 children and adults attended the finale, where sponsors were recognized and thanked, donated items were raffled off, and winning readers and artists were announced.

“This program isn’t just about winning, getting the most points, or receiving an award,” Oakhurst branch manager Dale Rushing said. “The reward is that these kids are enjoying reading during the summer, that they’re coming to the library, and interacting with other kids.”

“We want to continue to be an encouraging part of this community,” Rushing continued. “People read using different methods these days, and we need to broaden what we offer, and to change with the times.”

About 212 children/teens participated in the Summer Reading Program. Each time a reading log was turned in, the child received a free book. A total of 259,663 reading minutes (4,327 hours) were logged.

The summer reading program winners, along with the total minutes read are:

Pre-kindergarten through first grade:

First: Wyatt Nelson (6,700)

Second: Addison Simonich (5,734)

Third: Aden George Blas (3,980)

Second through fourth graders:

First: Talon Nelson, Jr. (7,420)

Second: Ava Simonich (7,227)

Third: Ava Stanley (3,085)

Fifth through sixth graders:

First: Ayden Simonich (9,852)

Second: Grace Nelson (7,707)

Third: Nikolas Sagli (6,630)

Seventh through twelfth graders:

First: Kayleen Nelson (9,270)

Second: Lizah Fickling (6,617)

Third: Madisun Washburn (6,471)

This is the second year that no-cost art classes has been a component of the library’s summer program, with the first three weeks taught by Charlene Rice, and the second weeks taught by Eric Elliott. Rice taught painting with watercolor, acrylics and mixed mediums, while Elliott taught drawing fundamentals, shapes, lighting, shading and texture. The classes were offered to 46 teens in grades five through 12, and the winners’ artwork was on display throughout the event.

“I couldn’t be more happy with the caliber of these artists,” Rice said. “I showed them samples of what I wanted, which they interpreted in their own unique ways, and then created these amazing art pieces that came from their hearts.”

Painting category:

First: Tobin Cox

Second: Erik Sagli

Third: Meorah Callis

Fourth: David Sagli

Sketching category:

First: Bekah Fickling

Second: Tobin Cox

Third: Emerson Action

Fourth: Blake Action

The art program was sponsored mainly by the Oakhurst Sierra Noon Rotary. The reading program was sponsored by many area businesses/groups, including Friends of the Library Sierra Telephone, Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary, Yosemite Bank, and Soroptomist.