The Town of Cathlamet Public Library Summer Reading Program, held for six-weeks during July and August, was a huge success. Approximately 50 youngsters, ages 3-12, attended. Together they read over 800 books. Activities at each session included story time, crafts, singing, costumes, reading aloud and treats. At the final session kids dressed as their favorite book character. A bespectacled, dress-wearing, green and purple dragon named Miss Lotta Scales, also showed up. She read aloud “The Library Dragon,” the tale of a fire-breathing library professional who fiercely guards new books and refuses to let students touch them. As the story concludes Miss Scales is finally convinced that “books are for kids.” Junior and senior high school age students participated in an independent reading program as well as a pizza party. Thanks to generous community support, each time participants read the target number of books, they took home the book of their choice as a prize. All participants were able to choose a book award at the final session. Hearty thanks to our community, donors and volunteers, for a great Summer Reading Program. Contributors include Gold Star: Cathlamet Pharmacy, Bank of the Pacific, Puget Island Storage, Cathlamet Eye and Vision, and Kiwanis Club; Silver Star: The Wahkiakum County Eagle, Peterson Investigations, Stanley’s Sanitary Services, Barbara Farnes, and Reel McCoy Guide Services; and special thanks to: Windermere Real Estate, Jason Cissney Paving, Cathie Sharpe, Cathlamet Barber Shop, Alternatives, Howie’s Corner, Simply Massage, The Video Store, Bigler Hauling, Silva Contruction, Vik’s Welding, Bud’s Rod & Tackle and Century 21. Summer Reading volunteers include: Lonnie Becker, Char Damitio, Pam Emery, Rebecca Frank, Diana Garrett, Bernadette Goodroe, Kelly Guest, Toni Hardy, Carrie Kennedy, Stephanie Leitz, Jenna McEntire, Jori McEntire, Nancy Reed, Arlene Sauer, Margaret Strueby, Dixie Swart and Jessica Vik.