(Lakewood, Colo. – August 25, 2015) Not every brain in Colorado took the summer off. In fact, 31,276 people in Jefferson County spent much of their summer reading and logging minutes in Jefferson County Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge.
Old and young alike participated and tracked their time, challenging their friends, families and coworkers to see who could read the most. The result? 18.9 million reading minutes were recorded.
Students from 562 different schools, seniors in assisted living centers and even incarcerated populations read in the program.
Participation grew 6 percent in 2015, with the biggest increase coming in the 19+ age group which increased 18 percent. Children ages 0-11 grew almost 2 percent and teens 5 percent.
“We were thrilled to see our community actively reading and tracking their time throughout the summer,” said Pam Nissler, executive director of Jefferson County Public Library. “Our goal with summer reading is to keep minds active and reading so our students maintain their reading at grade level. We hope to keep, and even grow the valuable reading progress they make during the school year while encourage a lifelong habit and love of reading.”
One of the most exciting program results came in the Library’s Bookmobile/Library 2 You program which had 270 readers and logged 1.5 million minutes.
This year’s Summer Reading program was supported by generous contributions from the Jefferson County Library Foundation, Colorado Parent and FirstBank. Grand prizes were donated by John Bodnar, Noviscon Realty; Julia Hill-Nichols, Leaders Cove; Arvada Mayor Marc Williams and his wife Luanne; and Dot Wright and Roger Miller. System-wide prizes and coupons were donated by Bandimere Speedway, Beau Jo’s Pizza, Casa Bonita, Colorado Rapids, Lakeside, McDonald’s, and Whole Foods.
About Jefferson County Library Foundation
The Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends work to support and enrich the capabilities, resources and services of Jefferson County Public Library through fundraising and advocacy efforts that benefit the community. The Friends of Jefferson County Public Library is a county-wide organization dedicated to enhancing the programs and resources of our libraries. For more information, visit jeffcolibraryfoundation.org.
About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children's Library and a Mobile Computer Classroom, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. Library programs and services are supported by countywide property taxes and supplemented by charitable donations from The Jefferson County Library Foundation and others. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.