This is a letter written to our incoming President Moe Johnson from Susan Smith, telling us the status of this year's Summer Reading program, an event that the funds from our Flag program help to support.
     "For more than 25 years, the San Marcos Kiwanis has supported the library's summer reading program.  We were delighted to receive your check for $2500.00 in support of our work with children.  Your sponsorship meant that we could offer the children of San Marcos a summer full of exciting incentives to read.
     This year, the San Marcos Public Library played an especially important part in the lives of our children and their families.  Amidst the traumatic experiences that came with the Memorial Day Flood, the library offered a full summer of free 'normal' good times.  Kids really needed the 'escape' that a great book offers.
     In addition, our new director, Diane Insley, ran the disaster relief distribution center for donated cleaning supplies, water, clothing, and food.  This was a month long effort and many of us worked at the center with her.  The families we served were very appreciative.
     I can assure you that the children who filled the library this summer built strong reading skills.  Now we will focus on homework support for school-age children.  Of course, we continue to encourage parents to read to preschoolers with four story times a week and our popular puppet shows.
     Our young readers read and read and read-----37,474 books, to be exact!  Children, teens and adults earned in 3351 reading certificates.  Attendance at library events for preschoolers, children and teens neared 10,000.
     We really appreciate all the hard work that goes into raising the money that makes it possible for the children of San Marcos to enjoy a wonderful summer of reading adventures at the public library!
     (Signed: Susan Porter Smith - Community Services Manager)