More than 3,000 kids participated in the Summer Reading Club through the —the third highest number in the Baltimore County Public Library system.
At the same time, the library system broke its own record for participants: 48,413 students—an increase of more than 2,400 over last year, according to a news release.
“The branches saw extremely heavy participation in summer reading this year," said Marisa Conner, Youth Services coordinator for the system. "It's a great sign that more Baltimore County children are reading over the summer.”
At the Pikesville Branch Library, there were 3,382 participants. Randallstown saw 2,863 and there were 1,756 in Woodlawn, it states.
Cockeysville saw the highest number, at 5,741.
When BCPL started keeping statistics for the program in 1984, there were only 3,522 participants, the release states.
The nine-week program ran from June to August, and kept readers interested and entertained through books during the summer months.
- Babies: Read to Me Club
- Preschool: "Dream Big: Read!"
- Middle school and older: "Own the Night"
- High School and older: Goodreads Group
Throughout the summer the libraries had games and prizes, crafts and scavenger hunts.
Following are the participation numbers by branch library:
Loch Raven: 311
MLS (bookmobiles): 2,856
North Point: 3,207
Perry Hall: 4,155
Sollers Point: 471
White Marsh: 3,128
Did you read during the summer? How about your kids? Tell us what you read in the comments section. And, do you recommend it to others?
Towson Patch Editor Nayana Davis contributed to this report.