Last week both the Oakhurst and North Fork summer reading programs -- "Dream Big Read" and "Own the Night" -- wrapped up with cookies and punch and the winners were revealed.
The first place winner in the youngest age group, Will Swan, was so excited to be a part of this year's reading program that his goal was to read the most minutes and win a t-shirt, according to his mother, Heather.
There were 198 children and teens -- 117 families -- registered for the Oakhurst summer reading program.
"Both our children and teen programs grew this year thanks to all the sponsors in our community that supported us with cash gifts or business coupons," said Dale Rusing, Oakhurst Library Branch Manager. "But none of this would be made possible if not for the Friends on the Oakhurst Library, SOS, who gave over half of the total cost of the Summer Reading Program, and to all the volunteers that helped at each program. A special thanks to Joanne Wagers for partnering with me to co-direct the SRP."
Rushing said the reason they hold the summer reading program each year is because the impact of the program to children, youth and teens because it plays a pivotal role by providing a foundation for later success.
"This is a wonderful community to live in, and each year I'm truly amazed with the goodness of people who want to make a difference in the lives our next generation," Rushing said.
Oakhurst's top readers include:
4 years through 2nd grade
1st Place is Will Swan (2,308 minutes)
2nd Place is Ivy Popowski (1,505 minutes)
3rd Place is Brendan Cox (1,377 minutes)
Second grade through fourth grade
1st Place is Grace Nelson (6,550 minutes)
2nd Place is Haukken Thompson (4,369)
3rd Place is Zack Schaffer (4,041 minutes)
5th grade through 6th grade
1st Place is Claire Weigel (5,776 minutes)
2nd Place is Madison Washburn (5,013 minutes)
3rd Place is Raymond Allen (2,483 minutes).
Seventh grade through 12th grade
1st Place is Kayleen Nelson (7,435 minutes)
2nd Place is Conner Heidebrecht (4,548 minutes)
3rd Place is Karis Heidebrecht (4,080 minutes)
North Fork's three top readers were:
Dylan Bosley, 1,290 minutes (4 years through second grade)
Joshua Johnson, 3,475 minutes (3rd through 5th grade)
Lluvia Moreno, 6,550 minutes (6th through 12 grade)
The Friends of the North Fork Library and many other organizations and businesses helped support the summer reading program in North Fork also.