Editor's Note: The Friends are able to help fund many events, programs and equipment needs of the Cascade Branch of KDL thanks to the donation of time, money and used books from members of the community. Here is just one of the ways that your generosity has been put to work in recent months. These activities are sponsored in whole or in part by the Friends.
The Cascade Branch of KDL has partnered with Mary Free Bed YMCA year-round since 2017, and a highlight of that relationship has been the Summer Wonder Event, where library staffers visit camp weekly to offer a craft or STEAM activity and stories to program participants.
Nanette Zorn and Tricia Van Zelst are two of the librarians who double as camp counselors for Summer Wonder, handling registration this year and boosting the Summer Wonder “completers” total by an additional 140 children.
“We were so happy with the participation this year because we were able to find and include kids with working parents who might not make it into the branch, otherwise,” explained Nanette.
Nanette said that they concluded their 2022 visits to the Y with the second annual Summer Wonder Bash on August 15. “It was a 2-hour event with 10 stations, and each child left with a book,” she explained. “One of the stations was story time, and The Friends provided extra books for kids to look at and even some to supplement the prize-giveaways.”
Outreach programs like this can be expensive, according to Nanette, “so we are grateful for the support of the Friends at every turn. I truly believe that it makes a difference and extends an invitation to use our library services to people who might not otherwise know about us. Plus, a good time was had by all!”
Librarian Nanette Zorn leads kids on a "Summer Wonder" reading adventure.