BONIFAY - The Holmes County Public Library hosted its annual summer program beginning in June and running through July.

The Florida Youth Program theme for this year was “Libraries Rock” with each program showing how libraries rock and teaching children the importance of the library system by way of music.

Acts such as Atlantic Coastal Theatre and Mrs. Kate Singin’ and Smilin’ utilized music to teach kids about the importance of learning and libraries.

Animal Tales is always a big hit each summer when kids get a hands-on experience with animals they normally wouldn’t have access to.

The finale was a Battle of the Bands. Bands from local high schools gathered at Bonifay K-8 to battle each other for bragging rights.

These free programs saw 1,861 children in attendance over the course of the summer. Since school let out in May, the Holmes County Library has seen over 1,000 books checked out.

Assistant Director Becky Marsh says this is the biggest year in attendance since 2012.

“We had an amazing turnout this year,” said Marsh. “We have not had this great of a turnout since the astronaut suit was here in 2012. We hope to grow the summer programming even more in the years to come.”

Holmes County Public Library would like to thank everyone who helped to make their summer programs a success as well as the children who made it the success it was.