Lompoc LibraryReading Colors Your World’s summer reading program resulted in “impressive community participation” that surpassed that of last year, although it was all but held due to the pandemic, according to a spokesperson for the library.
The program, which kicked off on June 1 and ended on August 31, drew 394 participants who read a total of 3,719 books and wrote 555 book reviews, the spokesperson said.
The totals represent a 36% increase in registrations and 29% more readers, with an equal distribution of books read across all age groups, than the 2020 Summer Reading Program.
Library director Sarah Bleyl said she was encouraged by the overall adaptability of the community during the pandemic, including the doubling of the number of books read over the summer during the second annual program of the library.
âI am happy that so many people in our community continue to find the pleasure of reading,â said Bleyl. “Reading opens up our world in incredible ways and can be a lifelong source of comfort and connection.”
During the program, the library distributed 470 books to participating schools and distributed 101 take-home craft kits to community members.
The prizes were awarded and distributed to attendees on September 1 and included tablets and dolls depending on the age group, the spokesperson said.
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