UNION — The participants in the Adult Summer Reading Contest at the Union County Carnegie Library read a total of 361 books over the summer with the four top readers reading more than half of the books read.
The Adult Summer Reading Contest required participants to read any book of their choice between June 2 and July 23, fill out a form about the book and then return it to the library. Over the course of the contest there were weekly drawings for prizes each Wednesday with the final Grand Prize to be drawn at the end of contest.
Library Director Ben Loftis said Thursday that the wrap-up event for the contest was held Wednesday night at the library. Refreshments were served at the event, during which Loftis announced how many people participated in the contest and the total number of books that were read.
“For the summer, we had 37 participants who combined to read 361 books,” Loftis said. “Our top readers were Linda Tucker with 75 books read, Donna Sullivan with 47, Cathy Wood with 27, and Pam Vaughan with 17.”
The main event of the evening was the drawing for the Grand Prize, a Nook. The reviews submitted by the contest participants were entered in the drawing.
Loftis said Thursday that in addition to being the top reader, Tucker was the winner of the drawing and was presented with her new Nook.
The Adult Summer Reading Contest was part of the library’s Summer Reading Program which also included activities for children and teens.
The children’s portion was called “Fizz, Boom, Read,” while the teen’s portion was called “Spark A Reaction.”
The purpose of all three portions of the program is to promote literacy by encouraging adults, teens, and children to read during the summer.
The wrap-up for the children and teen portions of the program was scheduled be held at the library Thursday afternoon.
For more information about the Union County Carnegie Library and the services it offers call 864-427-7140.