It is the last week of the summer reading program here at my library and I find myself reviewing what has taken place over the last eight weeks. Thousands of titles have been read and hundreds of volunteer hours have been recorded. Many families have been delighted by themed programs with special performers. New friendships formed among teens who attended book discussions and field trips to see book-based movies. It has been VERY busy and sometime exhausting, but always worth it. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, I wonder about those who question the need for public libraries and the services we provide. For parents unable to afford the price of conventional summer activities, we supplied free enriching programs and opportunities for their children to maintain and develop new literacy skills. Middle school students developed useful leadership skills and camaraderie among their peers as Junior Volunteers, while teens spent the summer reading and networking in the library. Yes, it was a hectic summer but every minute was totally worthwhile! How was your summer?