And that's a wrap on Two Harbors Public Library's "It's Showtime" Summer Reading Program.

The program officially came to an end with a children's party Tuesday, Aug. 20. Children's Services Library Assistant Carmella Hatch read a final theatrically themed book to about 30 children and then introduced them to the "Popcorn Olympics."

Hatch guided the children as they attempted to drop as many pieces of popcorn into their cups and use colorful straws to blow popcorn kernels across the table at each other.

Finally, the event the children were all waiting for arrived: the drawing for the grand prizes. All summer long, children and parents tracked their minutes read. For every 100 minutes read, children could drop their names into a drawing for a prize of their choice.

In the end, the four prize drawings held a grand total of approximately 1,175 slips. This equates to 117,500 minutes of reading or 1,958 hours of reading.

The drawing was slightly anticlimactic as the four selected winners were not present at the party and would instead be notified via phone after the fact.

Kids prepare for the popcorn straw blow pass section of the Popcorn Olympics at the End of the Summer Reading Program party on Tuesday, Aug. 20. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)
Kids prepare for the popcorn straw blow pass section of the Popcorn Olympics at the End of the Summer Reading Program party on Tuesday, Aug. 20. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)

Adult and teen participation by numbers

  • The adult summer reading program had 59 participants. The adults turned in 261 slips, with each slip representing one book read. Approximately half of the adult participants included a brief review with their slips.
  • The teen summer reading program saw greater participation this year than in 2018. Last year, 41 teens signed up, and only 14 turned in slips. This year, 39 signed up and 24 turned in slips.
  • The teens turned in 803 slips, which equals 80,300 minutes read or 1,338 hours, about 56 days worth of reading. Most teens read approximately 1,000-5,000 minutes, but six teens managed to read 5,000-8,800 minutes.