Readers designed their own fun at the Anaheim Public Library this summer! From mid-June to the end of July, children were encouraged to read for incentives and weekly prizes sponsored by local businesses and community organizations such as the Friends of the Anaheim Public Library and the Friends of the Canyon Hills Library.
This year, 2,067 readers between the ages of 0-12 years old read for more than 18,000 hours. Central, Sunkist, and East Region tried out a new form of tracking time with a beaded necklace that children could design with earned and traded beads. All locations opted to have children read for an undetermined length of time. With these new changes to the summer reading log came a 12% increase in our overall participant retention rate and 300 readers averaged at least 17 hours of reading time during the summer.
Readings wasn’t the only fun children had this summer. Approximately 350 programs for children and their families were offered at six library locations, including our Bookmobile. Many of these locations saw a huge increase in program participation. Our STEAM programming attracted 14,445 children and parents to the Anaheim Public Libraries this summer.
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