Summer reading program wraps up |

Summer reading program wraps up

Dan Olsen

— Nine-year-old Morgan Lawton has not only read all the “Harry Potter” books, she has completed every “Lemony Snicket” book by Daniel Handler she could lay her hands on, as well.

As a member of the Summer Reading Program at the Moffat County Library’s Craig Branch, Lawton could be well prepared for class by the time she returns to Sunset Elementary School in the fall.

As with Lawton, it took elementary school student Braden Duncan only one Jigsaw Jones book to be hooked. He has returned to the library again and again to find more of the series this summer.

Linda Knoche, of the library, said the popular Summer Reading Program, which concluded July 27 and had a “completion party” Thursday morning, not only attracted big numbers of children to the library, but grown-ups also enjoyed the reading challenge.

“We had a hundred teens in the program, and nearly 100 adults, too,” she said. “We have prizes donated by local businesses to award to children completing their levels.”

Children keep logbooks of their reading accomplishments during the summer and are rewarded with prizes for each level attained. Extra levels reached equals more prizes.

Ten-year-old Sarah Holmes checked out a recipe book that interested her and immediately went home and baked cherry tarts for the library staff.

High school student Rose Campbell brought in her reading list from Mrs. Duncan’s class and got a good head start on her required reading for the year.

Rachel Sonntag, a 10-year-old at Craig Intermediate School “finished her whole log” and showed everyone in the library who cared to look.

More than 500 children took advantage of the program this summer, with most reading for about 63 hours to complete their levels.

The Summer Reading Prog-ram also saw good turnouts at the Maybell branch, where 23 adults outnumbered the 18 children and two teenagers in the program, and Dinosaur had two dozen readers participating during the summer.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext.207, or

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