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A record-breaking summer!

August 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Children, News

There is no such thing as the “summer brain drain” at Boyd County Public Library! We just finished a record year in terms of participation in our summer reading programs for youth and teens. And we couldn’t be happier.summer reading sun

We are happy knowing that the 1100-plus students who participated in the youth program, “Dig Into Reading,” and the teen one, “Beneath the Surface,” are better prepared as they re-enter the classroom this month.

That’s because they logged a total of 29,546 reading hours with us in June and July. Wow!! Pretty amazing! Studies show that kids who read at least a few books in the summer are less likely to lose the skills they learned the previous year.

A total of 1005 kids (12 and under) and 111 teens took part in Boyd County Public Library’s summer reading program this year. That’s an 8 percent increase in participation over last summer.

Here is the amazing breakdown of the amazing total:

  • In the 12 and under category, the kids read a total of 21,188 hours as part of Dig Into Reading. That’s 1,500 hours more than last summer – an 8 percent increase!
  • In “Beneath the Surface,” 111 teens read a total of 8,358 hours. Even though that is fewer participants than last year, they read about 700 more hours. Can I just saw AWESOME? Ok, I will.

A few of those teens deserve special recognition for the number of hours they spent reading this summer: Kendra Berry, Sarah Bond, and Kaitlyn Bowling read between 300 and 399 hours; Aryssa Damron, between 400 and 499 hours; Tumi  Odukoya, between 500 and 599 hours; and Haley Brown, more than 600 hours. Fantastic!

The top teen readers were entered into a drawing for an iPad, which went to Misty Hanauer. The youth program grand prize was a Kindle Fire – won by Gracie Dalton. Congratulations to both of them!

All along the way, kids and teens earned cool rewards for the hours they spent reading, and had fun at weekly programs – maybe even learned a few things, too. Their summer reading trip ended with a party at the Kyova Branch on July 27.

Teens who read at least 25 hours and attended at least one program were invited to a lock-in at the Kyova Branch. Nineteen teens met that requirement, and they had a ball going to see “RIPD” at the Kyova 10 Theatre, and then back to the branch, where we stayed up all night playing video games, board games and, of course, eating.

The summer reading program for adults, called “Groundbreaking Reads,” continues through Labor Day. Adults keep track of the number of books read, and write brief reviews. Rewards are given for 5, 10, 20, 25 and 30 books. Each review also serves as an entry in the grand prize drawing for a tablet computer to be awarded at the finale party on Sept. 6. So far, 149 adults have written 886 reviews.

 

Amanda Gilmore

About Amanda Gilmore

Amanda Gilmore is the community relations coordinator for BCPL. She spent 20 years in the newspaper business, and is thrilled to be on the other side - telling our community about all the wonderful library programs and services.

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