On Saturday, August 16th, the Palm Springs Public Library concluded it’s 2008 ‘Catch the Reading Bug’ Summer Reading Fun Fest. Pirate Magicians Rafael & Katia thrilled the audience of over 200 kids and adults with their tricks and performance. There was a sword fight, snow inside the room as well as a levitating woman! From card tricks to doves and crows appearing from nowhere, it was a fun engaging show that everyone enjoyed.
After the show the Library Director, Barbara Roberts drew the names of the winners for the youth grand prizes which were generously provided by Wal-Mart of Palm Springs. A vetch Nitro Notebook was given to one of the youngest participants of the program, it went to 10 month-old Daisy V. and her family who participated in the Read-To-Me portion of the Summer Reading Fun Fest. The emachines Desktop computer system went to 7 year old Tiffany C. and the Dell laptop computer was given to Teen finisher Betsy L. of Palm Springs High School.
Other prizes for Teens included a 1-hour flight lesson in a Cessna-172SP plane from the Flight School of Palm Springs and assorted gift certificates from Knotts Soak City, Magic Mountain and Big League Dreams Sports Park. Six lucky adult participants who finished the adult Reading Fun Fest program were winners of either one of three bags of groceries courtesy of Trader Joe’s of Cathedral City, or one of three gas cards for $25 worth of free gas!
And if that wasn’t enough all the youth that attended the finale program were given a raffle ticket and other prize drawings were held for toys, backpacks with assorted school supplies and various food gift certificates. Refreshments were provided by Trader Joe’s of Cathedral City, and the Community Blood Bank was at the Library accepting blood donations.
“It was a great end to a fantastic program”, said Barbara Roberts, Director of Library Services. “Over 700 youth and 245 adults signed-up and participated this year, surpassing all previous years and the goals we had set for participation! We can’t wait until next year!”