Congratulation to the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library on placing second in the nation for its participation in the 2018 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

This is the second year Scholastic has recognized the contributions of public libraries in the challenge. Participating libraries will be featured in the 2019 Scholastic Book of World Records for this nationwide honor and received a commemorative plaque and banner.

Velma Vela, Library Assistant, coordinated and managed the challenge for the library enrolling a total of 69 students, 18 elementary students in grades K-5th and 51 teens/tweens in grades 6th-12th. These avid readers helped log in a total of 73,443 minutes.

“This is the first year the library participates in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and we are very proud of our students who participated, and we look forward to next year’s challenge and hope to grow the number of participants as well as reading minutes.” Said Ms. Vela.

A total of 509,867 students from all over the United States participated in the 2018 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and read 135,865,170 million minutes. The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online summer reading program which aims to help students return to school reading-ready and help them avoid the “summer slide”.

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