Summer 2011 was a barn-burner

Every year the library encourages the whole community to participate in summer reading programs. Along with helping children hold onto critical reading skills through their break from school, the programs reinforce the importance of lifelong learning for all ages. The programs – for young kids, teens and adults – all encouraged reading with events and rewards.

Summer of 2011 was a barn-burner.

More than 1,500 children birth through age 12 registered for their program, and 1,000-plus (67 percent) completed their reading records. These stats both are healthy increases over 2010 (just 59 percent finished the program last year).

Nearly 200 teens in grades 6 through 12 signed up for their program, a number that kept it on a steady growth pattern over the last five years. This year, more teens participated in programming inside the library than ever before.

City Transit’s Buses to Books, which gave free rides to kids to and from the library, had a whopping 25 percent increase in participation over last year, according to Transit Manager Lynn Gilles. More than 870 kids participated, using their library cards as free bus passes.

Not to be left out, adults signed up for their summer program in steady numbers, enjoying logging their summer reading achievements and earning chances to win weekly prizes.

“We want kids and families to think of the library as their summer headquarters,” said library Director Ken Hall. “Reading is the best way to keep young minds sharp, and the library is a great place to enjoy free, fun programs that keep learning alive all year round.”


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