Clues Scatter Scavengers

NEW BREMEN — Children shuffled through the aisles of books at the New Bremen Public Library searching for clues in the scavenger hunt Monday as part of the library’s summer reading program.

The hunt, open to readers of all ages, scattered scavengers throughout the library in search for clues hidden among the books and magazines. Third-grade student Mariah Parlett completed the scavenger hunt with some ease.

“I went through and found all the papers in the library and at the end I got a cool prize,” Parlett said.

Parlett said she only struggled with one clue.

“I couldn’t find the ‘Cat in the Hat,’” Parlett said.

Branch Supervisor Michelle Parker said the library tries to have an event every day, and the scavenger hunt fit the summer reading program’s theme, “One World, Many Stories.”

The summer reading program is a joint effort between the six libraries in the Auglaize County Public District Library System, which includes the Auglaize Public District Library in Wapakoneta, the White Memorial Library in Waynesfield, the Francis J. Stallo Memorial Library in Minster, the New Knoxville Community Library, the Cridersville Public Library and the New Bremen Public Library. The program started June 6 and runs through July 21. The program encourages children to read, even though they are not in school.

“We want kids to read either 10 picture books or one chapter book every week for seven weeks, and at the end they’ll get a pool party,” Parker said.

Parker noted the program has been a success during its first two weeks.

“We’ve had a tremendous response from the kids,” Parker said.

“They’re having a blast. We can barely keep the picture books on the shelves.”

Parker added that the quality of the prizes has contributed to the popularity of the program.

Sitting atop the bookshelves of the New Bremen Public Library are 56 prizes, ranging from toys and crafts to tickets for Cincinnati Reds and Columbus Crew games. Participants can earn raffle tickets to win the prizes.

All reading records for the summer reading program at the New Bremen Public Library are due by 2 p.m. July 21. Prizes will be drawn on July 25 and winners will be announced at the Wrap Up Party at 2 p.m. July 26.

The summer reading program continues at the New Bremen Public Library today at 1 p.m. with a variety show featuring comedy, juggling and a ventriloquist.

For a full calendar of events and to check out the other Auglaize County libraries, visit