Congratulations Summer Readers!
By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Department Assistant Director
GEPL Reads for SCARCE officially ended on Sunday, September 2, and I am happy to announce that we surpassed our goals! The Youth Department exceeded our reading goal of 70,000 hours with 71,532 hours read – well done! The Adult Department also exceeded their goal of 4,000 books, reading 4,151 books. As the result of the program’s success, the Friends of the Glen Ellyn Public Library and the Glen Ellyn Library Foundation will provide funds to purchase 2,000 books, which SCARCE will distribute during the 2019 DuPage County Back-to-School Fair.
In an effort to improve the summer reading program, this year we simplified the reading logs. Each level represented 10 hours of reading and activities, which provided more prize levels. An overwhelming number of members preferred these smaller increments.
We also had positive feedback on the addition of activities to the program, and some of you even shared ideas with us for future activities! We added this option to learn in ways other than reading in response to studies that show that summer slide occurs across all subjects, not only reading.
In this fifth summer of our elementary school challenge, 10 elementary schools from Districts 41 and 89, St. James the Apostle, and St. Petronille competed. We divided the number of hours logged at each school by the number of participating students from that school to calculate each school’s average participant reading time. St. James was our winner, with an average of 47 hours read per participant! Westfield took second place honors for average reading time, and St. Petronille was third.
We would like to thank all of the sponsors that helped make the 2018 GEPL Reads for SCARCE program a success! We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you to Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, Barone’s of Glen Ellyn, Brookfield Zoo, Brunswick Zone of Glendale Heights, Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Chili’s Grill and Bar of Wheaton, Chipotle,DuPage Children’s Museum, DuPage County Fair, Galloping Ghost Arcade, Glen Ellyn Sweet Shoppe, Holes and Knolls, Kane County Cougars, KidsKickforFree.com – Sky Centers Martials Arts, Kuipers Family Farm, Learning Express, Lombard Roller Rink, My Gym of Wheaton, Pixel Blast Arcade, Pump It Up of Lisle, Rockin Jump of Carol Stream, Sky Zone of Elmhurst, Studio Movie Grill, Sunset Slush, Superstar Karate, The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn, and Wendy’s of Glen Ellyn.Tags: early literacy, GEPL Reads, kids, news, parenting, reading, school, summer reading