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Friday, August 12, 2011

Summer Reading Program - A Huge Success!

Posted by Anne W.

The annual Library Summer Reading Program has come to an end, and one thing is for sure – Edwardsville has some super readers!  I am very proud of all the kids who participated in the reading clubs, because while our summer reading clubs are a fun way to earn great prizes, recent research has shown that they also combat summer learning loss and improve student test scores and reading levels.

We had a record-breaking summer, in which babies, kids, and teens registered a total of 2,191 times for the reading club.   Each age group was required to read a certain amount of time or number of books.  Babies were read 20 books, little kids were read 25 books, older kids read 8 hours, and teens read 13 hours.  Everyone had the option of re-registering for the program and completing additional reading logs for a better chance of winning a grand prize.  In the end, there were three lucky winners who won a Kindle, a new bicycle, or a Smart Trike.  Many other winners won gift certificates to local restaurants or stores, and board games.

Library programs have ended for the summer, but we are hard at work planning exciting fall programs for all ages, including a Justin Bieber VIP party, our second annual Kids Art Show, Lego Clubs and Story Times.  The fall calendar will be available at the beginning of  September, so be sure to check your mailboxes and our website for information on all of the fall library fun!  Enjoy the rest of your summer and good luck in your next school year!

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