TPL honors top young readers

Published 9:28 am Thursday, July 21, 2011

The top readers in seven age groups in the Troy Public Library’s Summer Library Program read a total of 2,312 books from June 6 to July 21.

That’s a lot of books and that was only the number of books read by 14 young readers ages four through 11.

“That speaks well for the future of our library because the young readers of today are the adult readers of tomorrow,” said Teresa Colvin, children’s librarian.

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The top readers were treated to a party Tuesday and the theme was “One World, Many Stories,” which was also the theme of the summer library program.

“The number of books read by our top readers is an indication of the interest in recreational reading by young readers,” Colvin said. “The total number of books read by all of our young readers this summer would be much, much higher.”

Colvin congratulated the top readers and encouraged them to keep reading because books are the doors to the world.

The first place top readers were: Dani Daniel, age 11; Brandon Cain, age 10; Lydia McVay, age nine; Jessica Wilcox, age eight; Ashunti Bledsoe, age seven; Gavin Wade, age six; and Ava Leverett, ages four and five.

The second place top readers were: Hailey Sasser, age 11; Veronica Cooper, age 10; Peyton Sasser, age nine; Irene Park, age eight; Logan Oswald, age seven; George Smith, age six; and Delaine McNellis, ages four and five.

William White, TPL director, also congratulated the young readers who are “our future.”

“When you read recreationally that makes the transfer to higher level reading much easier,” White said.

“Our summer reading program is another way that we, at the Troy Public Library, can prove ourselves. With the way the economy is, taxpayers want to know how their tax dollars are being spent. The Troy Public Library provides a valuable service to all ages and the programs that we offer our young people are a way for the public to know that their tax dollars are being well spent.”

On an average, White said attendance in the programs for young people is between 70 and 120.