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Over 200 participate in Goshen County summer reading program

July 28, 2018 GMT

TORRINGTON — Goshen County Library brought music to their bookshelves with their “Libraries Rock!” summer reading program.

Librarian Janet Flock said over 200 children participated in the program, which encouraged Goshen County students to read at least one book per week through the summer. The library also held reading groups on Wednesday mornings, followed by a special program, usually related to music.

“It just seemed like there was a much better response than we’ve had in the past,” she said. “The kids were just really into it. In the past, the first two programs would be well-attended but then they would drop off.”

Flock said attendance for their final Wednesday reading group on July 25 was 30 and about 50 attended the 28th Avenue Dance Studio.

Crystal Woehlecke said her children attend the full summer reading program.

“It helps them with their education,” she said. “It helps them become better readers.”

Heather Krall also had her children participate all eight weeks of the program.

“They had a great variety of stuff for the kids. They had dancers, a puppet show, they had the Sugar Valley Singers come out,” she said. “They did a great job.”

The reading program ended on July 27 with ventriloquist Meghan Casey’s Rocky Mountain Puppets show. The show featured her puppets learning how to play instruments and be a musician. Casey said she has been performing since she was 5 years old.

“When I first started learning ventriloquism, it was a very challenging thing to do, to go back and forth and back and forth quickly,” she said. “You can easily mix up a voice. I still sometimes mix up a voice.”

Flock said she was impressed over all with how the summer went.

“The kids really seemed to have enjoyed it,” she said. “I think it’s been a big success.”