Crozet Library’s Summer Reading Club once again triumphed over its records in the all-important kids’ group. Summer of 2014 saw 847 kids sign up, substantially more than last year’s record 679. They read more books, nosing out last year’s 18,215 to reach 18, 258. Teen readers numbered 245 and they read 1,258 books. The 175 adults who signed up, up from 154 in 2013, read 577 books. Fifty-six adult readers qualified to enter the grand prize drawing by reading nine books in six weeks.
“The kids always want to know if they are beating the record, “ said Crozet librarian Wendy Saz. “We tell them we don’t know and that the firm of JMRL Cookie Counting Accounting keeps track and announces the tally on the last day. This year we had Mr. Reed More of the firm come in with a briefcase handcuffed to him and he passed out the numbers that we held up.”
Saz said a crowd of roughly 250 filled the aisles of the library for the cookie party, on hand to enjoy the suspense of the book count and celebrate zeal for reading.
Weekly drawing winners (they got a coffee mug and a diary) included Brandy Dunivan, Shuhui Wu, Lisa Locke Downer, Lady Keller, and Beth Bassett and her sons Sam and Ross. Winner of the grand prize was Jessamy Senn, who won a $50 gift certificate to Over the Moon Bookstore in Crozet.