NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Cody Addy, director of the Newcomerstown Public Library, said there has been great success in this year's Summer Reading Program, "Build a Better World."

Both the children and adult events have been seeing higher than average participation. Addy said. Along with the additional participation, circulation is reaching above record levels, too.

2017 Summer Reading statistics are as follows, Children Registered 213 (2016 Total, 192) Pages Read (incomplete count) 202,348 (2016 Total 101,930 pages) and the adults registered are 56, with their count exceeding 400 books read.

"We credit our success of additional participation and circulation to our partnership with Newcomerstown Exempt Village Schools," Addy said. "In addition to partnerships, the Newcomerstown Public Library would not have its success without the effort of our community, volunteers, employees, and Board members. We are blessed to be where we are."

Wanda Gray, Youth Services, said, "The partnership allows for public library employees to visit East and West Elementary Schools to promote Summer Reading and the library as a tie-in to the curriculum of the school library. This, in return allows for the children to become more familiar with library employees and eases potential new patrons. It provides an opportunity to know a friendly face."

For this year's Summer Reading, the focus was to "Build a Better World." It has been the library's opportunity to introduce events of similar meaning. The events have ranged from putting together a local Petting Zoo to introduce respect of animals, recycling as an introduction to keep our world cleaner, and the most recent event, Acts of Kindness where the library and patrons honored the Newcomerstown Police Department for their efforts in keeping peace and safety. In addition to honoring the police, participants were able to paint rocks to share with the community and were served root beer floats.