725 youth participate in Communiuty Library Summer Reading Club
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Summer Reading programs are more than fun activities, said Community Library’s Head of Youth Services Fonda Kendrick. Studies show that children who do not read over summer months lose some of the reading proficiency they gained during the previous school year; and reading activities with parents is also important for early childhood and pre-school development.
The summer of 2012 has come and gone, students are back at school, and Kendrick has had time to review the library’s Summer Reading Club totals — and she said the numbers are impressive.
“Community Library’s Summer Reading Club attracted 725 youths this year, ages zero to 18,” Kendrick said. “The 2012 theme was Dream Big — Read! and over 150 preschoolers participated, along with 443 elementary students and 129 young adults.”
Kendrick said preschoolers logged over 6,800 books, school-agers tallied close to 5,300 hours of reading time, and young adults read almost 4,800 hours over the summer.
Four Top Reader awards were presented in the youth summer reading clubs. Logan and Gavin Ewing tied as Top Preschool readers at 350 books each.
The Kindergarten to Second Grade Top Reader Award ended in a tie between Bryson and Jaden Partlow, with 51 hours of reading each.
Mary Gray took top honors in the Third to Fifth Grade group for the second year running, logging 181 hours; and Laurel Erick was named top reader in the Young Adult group with 200 hours.
“We had a good turnout this year,” Kendrick said. “And we couldn’t have done it without our terrific volunteers, both teens and adults. We’re so fortunate to have a community that actively supports our programs both through participation and volunteerism.”
Community Library thanks the following organizations for their generous donations to the youth reading clubs: Cincinnati Reds; Columbus Clippers; Columbus Crew; Columbus Motor Speedway; Columbus Museum of Art; Community Library Friends; COSI; Donato’s Pizza; Dublin Irish Festival; Kentucky Horse Park; Kings Island; Magic Mountain Fun Center — Polaris; McDonald”s; Ohio Renaissance Festival; Preservation Parks; SplatterPark Paintball Games; Taco Bell; Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama; Whit’s Frozen Custard, The Wilds and Young’s Jersey Dairy.