NORTH -- More than 60 people participated in the Orangeburg County Library System's Summer Reading Program at the North Branch Library.

Beginning in mid-June and ending in mid-July, the program was designed for all ages. Readers were divided into four categories based on age: Early Learners, Children Readers, Teen Readers and Adult Readers.

North Librarian Tay Mitchum said that each week of the six-week program, the Early Learners and the Children Readers received a prize. All Teen Readers received a prize at the end of the program, she said.

During the program, participants could access the computer Summer Reading Program through the library’s website ( and record their readings as well as play literary games and peruse critiques of books read by other participants, Mitchum noted.

She said she is proud of all the reading completed by the North participants.

“This year, over 60 individuals signed up to participate in North’s Summer Reading Program,” she said. “The goal was for each participant to compete their designated readings, and those who did received a certificate," Mitchum said. "At North Branch Library, 29 individuals completed their programs. That’s almost half of our participants."

She said in order to encourage participation of all ages, "we started a ‘Read-to-Me Thursday’ program where children read aloud to an adult for 20 minutes in order to receive a snack cake and a small bottle of water. That was very popular, and grandparents, parents and children all enjoyed it."

Gabriel Walling won the drawing held for Children Readers and received a tote bag filled with literary items including puzzles, toys, books and a DVD.

Haven Dhaenens won the Teen Readers drawing and received a book bag filled with books and other items as well as a check for $50.

Amanda Lynn Still won the Adult Readers drawing, receiving a check for $75.

Mitchum said plans are being discussed for the 2018 Summer Reading Program, adding that she hopes even more individuals will participate next year.