This summer, my mom has been taking care of Katie while Todd & I have been working. On Wednesdays, she also watches Michael as he has physical therapy in the afternoon. Some of these Wednesdays, she takes him to the library, which he loves. He thinks it's so neat to check out the books and take them home with him.
Our local library sponsors a summer reading program for kids. Each child has to read 15 books and then they are eligible to participate in the award ceremony at the end of the summer. They also awarded them after they reached the 5 books read milestone, as well as the 10 books read milestone. After 5 books, Michael got a neat iron-on with an elephant for the library. He wore the t-shirt to the ceremony on Saturday. After 10 books, he got a coupon for a free Frosty from Wendy's.
The ceremony was held this afternoon at 3:30. The librarians read a few books and then it was time to honor each child. When she got to Michael, she called his name to come up and stand on the box in the front of the room. She told everyone his name, how many books he read and how many summers he had participated in the program (it was his first). He was so proud to receive his medal. Then all of the participants marched around the library while a song was played over the loudspeaker. All of the patrons in the library clapped for them. It was fun for Michael as he got to be the leader!
I think this will become a summer tradition for at least the next few years.....