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Library’s reading challenge was most successful ever



The Kids Music Program occurred during the Sum­mer Reading Challenge.

The Kids Music Program occurred during the Sum­mer Reading Challenge.

“Exercise Your Mind,” Escondido Public Li­brary’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, conclud­ed on July 31 as the Library’s most successful sum­mer program on record.

About 1,430 children, teens, and adults registered to accept this year’s challenge, designed to promote reading for fun, pleasure, and stimulation for all ages over a seven-week period. Children and teens logged more than 14,436 hours of reading enjoy­ment, and 85 adults completed more than 320 read­ing entries.

In addition to promoting reading over the sum­mer months, the library offered weekly programs, activities and

The Harry Potter Party during the summer reading program.

The Harry Potter Party during the summer reading program.

events for every age. More than 4,389 people attended 54 programs over the seven weeks. Summer reading provides fun and enjoyment dur­ing vacation time, but also plays an important role in helping students maintain learning and reading abil­ities. Studies prove that students who read actively avert the “summer slide,” a loss of reading ability during the extended school break, and they are better prepared to begin the new school year.

According to Assistant Library Director Cynthia Smith, “Summer Reading Challenge participants recorded their reading progress, earning

The adult winner of the Summer Reading Chal­lenge, Sharilyn Farrel. Photos courtesy of the Escondido Public Library

The adult winner of the Summer Reading Chal­lenge, Sharilyn Farrel. Photos courtesy of the Escondido Public Library

chances to win incentives and prizes. We are grateful to the Friends of the Library and dozens of local business­es whose donations made this program so successful for the Escondido community.”

As summer activities end at the Library, a sched­ule of new programs and services begins and can be found on the Library’s website: library.escondido.org. For more information about Library programs, contact Senior Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at vsjö­berg@escondido.org, or call 760-839-4814. Escon­dido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia St., Escondido.




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