The Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading program included Katfish Mermaid, Rochester’s Real Mermaid at Harry Allen Park. Photo by Mendon Public Library

The “Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading Program brought our community out to read, create, and share new experiences.

Children read A LOT as part of Summer Reading! Of the 65 kids who turned in reading logs, over 1200 books were read by those who counted books and more than 11,000 minutes of reading was achieved by those counting minutes. Children completing the reading logs received a native plant and Dipper Dollar! Some children also received special prizes, including Strong Passes – Samantha Lloyd, Seneca Park Zoo Passes – Charlotte Staples, Paper Plane Book – Sam Parkes, Ocean Book – Evangeline Searles, and four LEGO Club prize winners.

Twenty-one teens read more than 62 books! Teens submitted book reviews and bingo boards for books read. We had four winners for the $25 Visa Gift Card (Cate Archibald, Liliana Loewenguth, Smith Schaefer, and Vincent Yang.). Teen volunteer Violet Catalano was a huge help.

Emily Aquino won the adult prize for the adult book review drawing, a $50 gift card to HFMP/MMMP. Other prize winners included GCV&M Passes winner – Libby Day and Ocean Puzzle winner – Anthony Mazza. Catherine Criticos, Robin Long, Mary Anne Magee, Mary McCabe, Cathy Rawlins, and Nancy Yohannes were valued adult volunteers.

Amazingly, we had nearly 1181 people attend a Summer Reading Program event. It was great fun to meet around the Village both at Harry Allen Park and Rotary Park. We were thrilled to have special guest readers including Deric and Amy West, Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes, Town Supervisor John Moffitt, Village Mayor Rick Milne, Friends President Nancy Holtby, Monroe County Sheriff Thurston, and Principals Jeanine Lupisella, Allison Cimmerer, and Joelle Weaver.

The Mendon Public Library offers the Summer Reading Program to the community thanks to generous grants from Honeoye Falls Market Place, Mendon Meadows Market Place, M&T Bank, Dipper Dan, and support from the Friends of the Mendon Public Library. In addition, the library is incredibly thankful to all our fantastic volunteers.

Next summer’s program theme is “All Together Now: Todos Juntos Ahora – Kindness/Friendship/Unity.”

Special thanks to the Friends of the Mendon Public Library and the May K Houck Foundation for funding the Saturday hours which helped people be able to use the library more this summer.  Fall hours at the library will be a bit different this year with additional Friday and Saturday hours scheduled to begin after Labor Day. Starting September 6, 2022, the Mendon Public Library hours will be 9 am – 8 pm Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 5 pm on Friday, and 9 am – 3 pm on Saturday. For more information, please check our website:

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