NORTH FORK – Avid summer readers who participated in the North Fork Library’s Summer Reading program gathered at the library on Wednesday, July 24, to receive recognition for their achievements over the past six weeks.
The theme for the 2013 Summer Reading Program was “Reading Is So Delicious,” and 66 kids participated in North Fork.
On the last day, they gathered for cookies and watermelon, strawberries and raisins before settling in to have their accomplishments rewarded.
Prizes were given in each age group for the most minutes read over the entire program.
Zev Grifalconi-Mandel, from the youngest group of readers, won a LeapPad2 for reading 825 minutes, and Dylan Bosley won a LeapPad2 for the 2nd-3rd grade grand prize, with 1,535 minutes.
Sean Glitch won for the 4th-5th grade readers, but since he already had a Kindle Fire, he graciously passed on receiving an award, and allowed Maria Leos-Luchuga to take the prize instead, with her very notable 1,432 minutes.
In the teen group, Lluvia Moreno won a Nook HD tablet by spending an astonishing 15,898 minutes engrossed in the pages of many a fascinating read over the summer.
Jean Richter generously donated the Nook eReaders to the program, and the Friends of the North Fork Branch Library provided the LeapPad2’s.
Each week the kids who read the most minutes that week from their age group were presented with T-shirts, and when they turned in their reading logs, they were allowed to choose a free book and a toy.
Winners of the weekly prizes for most minutes read included:
Sophia Rose Wigginton Kennedy
The Summer Reading Program ran from June through July and featured special events and guests at each library. This year, the library also added a teen program for 6th – 12th graders.
Some of the fun the kids had over the summer included such programs as “Extreme Science Magic,” “Steampunk Designs with Diana Polly” and the “Wild Edible Eats Challenge.”
Kids were invited to “Read beyond your heart’s content and turn in as many reading logs as you possibly can.”