Almost 400 children participated in the Hermiston Public Library’s summer reading program this year.

“It was a good summer,” said library director Marie Baldo. “We really depended on volunteers this year, and they really came through for us.”

The summer reading program includes sessions for children, teens and adults. About 50 people participated in each the teen and adult programs, in addition to almost 400 children in the youth program.

The programs ran on a staggered schedule this year, and the children’s session wrapped up Saturday. Because the youth program includes events in and outside of the library — such as the weekly Reader Beaver search — Baldo said the program relied on volunteers this year.

“We’re down about 26 man-hours a week, and that makes a big difference,” she said. “When you’re talking about handling the library and manning the desk, we’re OK, but these big parties and events outside the library become really difficult. That’s where our volunteers have come in.”

Sixteen volunteers put in more than 80 hours this summer to make the summer reading program a success, including one teenager who volunteered 15 hours.

“Our library volunteers made all the difference,” Baldo said. “We’ve really, really appreciated them.”

Although the summer reading program has drawn to a close, other library programs continue. Story Time begins at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesdays and 10:15 a.m. on Fridays; Baby Boogie — for infants 18 months and younger — and Tappin’ Toddlers — for children 19-36 months — each begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays.

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