Congratulations Summer Readers!

Francis A. Gregory Library

Congratulations Summer Readers!

This summer our library had Summer Reading programs for Adults, Teens and Children. The children’s summer reading programs were divided into two programs; the Dig Into Reading Program for children 6-12 and the Read With Me Program for children 0-5.

Darren B., our Dig Into Reading winner, with his new Kindle Fire.The winner of the Dig Into Reading Program was Darren B., age 9. Darren visited the library this summer with his grandmother and with his summer camp. His camp participated in a special storytelling program with Dr. Sharon Gaston.

Darren is the proud owner of a new Kindle Fire and has already read a an e-book, Quitness: The True Story of LeBron James. He has also downloaded movies to his Kindle Fire. Other than basketball, Darren loves to read comics. His favorite superheroes are the Avengers. He has read a ton this summer, to prepare for going into fourth grade. Before winning, Darren didn’t know that he could check out ebooks at the library, and went through a tutorial with the librarian to find downloadable e-books and audiobooks on the library website.

Our “Read With Me” winner was Gabriel T., age 3. Gabriel’s prize was a large bag of books selected by the Children’s Services Department. This bag was filled with award-winning and developmentally appropriate books for younger readers. Gabriel and his parents were thrilled with his prize.

Gabriel had been coming into the library regularly for the last few months for Gabriel T., our Read With Me winner, enjoying his new set of books.story times and to check out books and DVDs. His favorite books are Snowy Day and Letter for Amy by Ezra Jack Keats. He also loves books about trucks, fire trucks and things that go. At home, he is watching a DVD on Frederick Douglass that he checked out at the library.

Gabriel calls story time at the library “library school.” Gabriel’s parents have seen a lot of improvement over the summer in his attention span, his behavior and eagerness to be read to. He has learned how to treat books tenderly and tell his own stories. Gabriel has even set up his own story time at home, reading books and telling stories to his parents and stuffed animals!

His parents appreciate the new library and its beautiful architecture. It is a welcoming and attractive place that helps the community buy in to reading. Gabriel’s parents are proud and grateful for the library’s support in helping to develop their son’s literacy skills.

Help support your child’s literacy development by attending the STAR Family Festival: Sing, Talk & Read, on Saturday, Sept. 14. Learn how singing, talking and reading with your baby or young child now can help them later in school.

In addition to our grand prize winners, the library also gave away Nationals tickets to seven lucky children. Our library winners were: Kaleem M., Ayden J., Destinee E., Jynea W., Carlos M. and Lauren M. Winners of the tickets attended the game on Friday, Aug. 30 between our Washington Nationals and the New York Mets.

We also had two Super Spelunkers, readers who read beyond the required 8 hour “Dig Into Reading program,” win a luncheon with authors. Our branch winners were Bryan J. and Marcus C.

Congratulations to all our winners and all the children who participated and completed this year’s summer reading program!
A portion of our wall of summer readers!