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Summer Reading Challenge ends with a splash


Dozens of youngster challenged themselves to read books this summer. Dozens of local businesses donated prizes, and it all concluded at a big pool party at the community gym on Tuesday.

More than 40 children participated in the public library’s Summer Reading Challenge, competing for 64 prizes from local donors. The challenge began on May 29 and ended July 19.

Participants earned points by reading books and testing their comprehension of the themes, characters and plot of the story. This year's participants earned between ten and almost 200 points.

“When you earn ten points, you become a 'Readologist',” said librarian and event coordinator Jessica Ieremia.

Points translated to tickets, which were then put into jars to be drawn for different prizes. The prizes can be picked up at the library until the end of September.

“We’ve gotten a lot of great comments from parents who said their kids read more this summer than they normally would have read,” Ieremia said.

Participants were free to read from any genre. “It could have been fiction, it could have been non-fiction, there are graphic novels... So the kids got a choice of what they wanted to read,” Ieremia said.

“I didn’t learn that much, but there was a lot of fighting in the books that I read,” said 9-year-old Safire Weathers who read the Spirit Animals book series. “I read all the time,” she added.

Leiah Kittams, 10, read the Warriors book series. Kittams said the books featured a lot cats traveling in clans. “They fight a lot,” she said. “I like how the stories go on, and sometimes they leave you wondering what’s going to happen next,” she added.

Maia Cowan, 11, read The Hobbit and the Winnie the Horse Gentler series.  “I really like just being lost in my books for hours,” she said.

Cowan said her favorite place to read is at home on the couch. “Until my brother comes to bug me," she added.

The challenge winners were treated to a hotdog lunch served by Emblem Club members. The Hammer and Wikan bakery provided a cake.

Each of the kids was given a party favor of movie tickets and coupons.


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