A celebration of reading was held on Aug. 16 at the Back Mountain Memorial Library for members of the summer reading club, "Dream Big! READ!"
The three levels of reading - read-to-me, readers and teens - were recognized and congratulated by families in attendance.
Also recognized were members of Boy Scout Troop 281 under the leadership of Lee Ann Burkhart, Erica Wintersteen and Mae Rome who volunteered throughout the summer, helping children's librarian Janet Bauman with all the special programs and crafts associated with the summer reading program.
Parent prizes were awarded by a drawing to these families: the Dudicks, the McGuires, the Janoskis and the Colatostis. The Relax & Read winner was Becky Anderson.
The audience then enjoyed a presentation by the Take the Stage Players under the direction of Chris Metz. Metz' daughter, Caitlyn, wrote and directed the special play to remind all summer readers and their families that no one is never too old to dream or use their imaginations.
Refreshments were provided by Erin Yatsko of Travel Twist (ice cream bars and popsicles), Amy Pimm (sheet cakes), Roberta Brighthaupt (chips and pretzels), Pepsi (bottled water) and the American Education Services (backpacks).
Volunteers who served the children from the food booth included Noreen Gladey, staff; Anna Korey, retired staff; Heather Pitcavage and Karen Laskowski, Dallas teachers. Grounds and parking volunteers included Joe Stager, staff; Joe Dwichek, Gerry Korey and John Bauman.
Summer readers may visit the library to take home their decorated bats and stars.