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Library stages successful reading program

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With the co-operation and donation from the Fort Frances-Rainy River Women’s Teachers Association, the Emo Public Library had another fruitful summer reading program this year.

It began the week of July 6, with 62 children up to grade eight registered, and ran through Aug. 13.

Children chose books that were at their reading level. Once they had read them, they had to bring them back to the library and do a short oral book report on each one.

With each book read, the name of the book and author were entered in their reading record and recorded at the library to keep track of who had read the most books.

The top reader for the second year in a row was Taylor Meyers, seven, with more than 50 books read. JJ Hunsperger, 11, was next with more than 45 books read, followed by Richard Schulzki and Sonya Schulzki (both with more than 25 books read).

The most improved and deserving reader was Sarah Hoskins while Maxwell Williams once again was the youngest reader registered for the program (his mother helped him on the book reports, and did a wonderful jobtting him to describe the pictures and sounds in his books).

Others who participated in the program included Cory Forbes, Jerry Forbes, Mark Heyens, Vernon Horton, Kathryn Goodman, Stephanie Goodman, David Goodman, Ashley Cross, Emily Taylor, Ben Taylor, Dylan Taylor, and Alicia Boven.

Stephanie Strachan, Luke Judson, Melanie Carruthers, Jayme Strachan, Devin Meyers, Maverick Judson, Taylor Latimer, Casey Grant, Ian Grant, Cody Dyson, Tasha McNally, Marissa Kinnear, Heidi Friesen, Andrew Friesen, Dirk Friesen, Ian Friesen, Brianna Shortreed, and Kyle Jewett.

Kailey Curtis, Rosalie Loney, Allison Loney, Ashley Woolsey, Jennifer Carmody, Allison Williams, Tiffany Marinaro, Heidi Gustafson, TJ Marinaro, Christopher Strachan, Jason Pailing, Kalib Firth, and Caleb Mitchell.

Heidi Emond, Krista Emond, Andre Emond, Kyle Kellar, Kennedy Kellar, Joseph Kellar, Matthew Kellar, Christopher Leek, Ashlee Nordstrom, Katie Kuitunen, Jamie Baker, and Lucas Paulson.

Each child registered was awarded an “Astro Reader” certificate and a coupon for an ice cream treat in co-operation with Village Variety in Emo.

Other awards, such as “Reading is out of this world” book bags, bookmarks, and pencils were awarded to children after a certain number of books had been read.

Special awards were given those reading more than 25 books.

Julia Leek, who listened to as many as 20 book reports a day and handled the reading display, also deserved special recognition for her extra efforts.

“Thank you, ‘Astro Readers,’” said EPL librarian Shirley Sheppard. “The reading program was a great success.”

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