Buda Public Library Wraps Up Summer

As summer comes to an end, the Buda Public Library wraps up another exciting summer of fun – fun with a mission – to keep youth of our community reading. Experts agree that children should not take a vacation from reading and other brain stimulating activities. In fact, “summer vacations cause disadvantaged children to fall behind.” reports Karl Alexander, John Hopkins University professor who recently completed a 27 year study following 800 people. When asked what can be done, Alexander replied, “Encourage them [families] to get library cards.”

Each summer the Buda Public Library hosts a summer reading club where participants keep track of independent reading on colorful logs. Children being read to keep track on Title logs as do early readers. Chapter book readers record minutes read on Time Logs. Club members turn completed log in, pick up another log, receive a free book and other prizes, and are given a chance ticket for a “WOW” prize. Local businesses donated “WOW” prizes which went a long way toward encouraging children to read. “I know this program helps keep my kids reading all summer long!” said parent Cheri Heldstab.

This year the library offered a separate Teen Reading Club. Reading clubs kicked-off on May 28th and concluded with an awards ceremony on August 13th for Summer Reading Club members and August 14 for Teen Club members.

Jeanette Dobson, Director Learning Squared Presents 1st Place Prize to Alex & Mackenzie Heldstab

Jeanette Dobson, Director Learning Squared Presents 1st Place Prize to Alex & Mackenzie

Top readers turning in Time Logs were:

  • 1st place Alex Heldstab 16,500 minutes
  • 1st place Mackenzie Heldstab 16,500 minutes
  • 2nd place Febe Martinez 13,500 minutes
  • 3rd place Katy Heldstab 12,500 minutes
  • 4th place Lydia Hinote 9,806 minutes

Top readers turning in Title Logs were:

  • 1st place Itzmin Martinez 925 titles
  • 2nd place Mona Rae Gross 573 titles
  • 3rd place Reighan Antoine 379 books
  • 4th place Alana Sayger 375 books

Congratulations go out to all readers who turned in a record total of 435,610 minutes read and 14,456 titles. We’re so proud of you! Keep up that fantastic reading and continue visiting the Buda Public Library located in downtown Buda, at 303 Main Street or visit us online at http://budalibrary.org/

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