Crozet’s librarians played up the suspense for the crowd packed into Crozet School’s cafeteria July 30 for the annual Cookie Countdown, the culmination of the library’s summer reading program for kids and teens. When the new figure was revealed, the crowd was astonished to learn the final tally. Last summer, western Albemarle kids read 12,455 books. This summer they read 18,215, a whopping increase of 5,760. Crozet librarian Wendy Saz reported that in 2003 the number of kids of all ages participating was 361; this year it stood at 865.