The numbers are in, and we are proud to announce that a record number of people took part in Summer Reading this year at the Ridgefield Library. What started as an activity for 180 children in 1988 engaged 1,807 children, teens and adults in 2013, 6% higher than the previous record set in 2011 and nearly 150 people more than last year.
These readers devoured 51,117 books, an average of 28.3 each, in just seven weeks. Our “Fiction of Relationship” online course or MOOC, with its 10 classic works in 10 weeks, certainly contributed to these totals, but most of this can be attributed to good old-fashioned hunger for knowledge and adventure on the part of readers of all ages. Children going into grades K-5 recorded 41,634 books using our online reading log program; teens (grades 6-12) listed 8,972 items, and adults contributed 511 entries.
Many thanks to the Friends of the Library for their ongoing generous support of Summer Reading; to Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shop, Piccolo Pizza, The Toy Chest, Books on the Common and Parks and Recreation for providing prizes; and to library staffers Carole Clark and Kathy Cherniavsky for creating incredible raffle baskets for Adult Summer Reading.