Sacramento Public Library

Patron of the Month: Cara Taylor

8/28/2014
7-year-old helped Sacramento Public Library break Summer Reading records by reading 218 books this summer.
 
Cara Taylor didn’t set out to read 218 books this summer.
 
“It just kind of happened,” she said.
 
Cara was one of the first verified 100-book readers in Sacramento Public Library’s Paws to Read Summer Reading program this year. She read some of the books by herself, and many others with the help of her mom, Samantha Taylor.
 
While Cara's effort really stands out, she wasn’t the only avid reader during our Summer Reading program this year. She’s one of 138 patrons in our system to log at least 100 books this summer and is one of 18 at the Belle Cooledge Library alone. 
 
In fact, Sacramento Public Library set new Summer Reading records across the board. As of August 28: 
  • 37,488 people signed up (up almost 13 percent).
  • 15,069 have completed the program by reading at least five books (or completing equivalent activities—up 13 percent).
  • More than 180,000 books were read, and counting (up 36 percent!).
 
The Library owes this success to our wonderful staff and volunteers, and to partners like the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library, the Sacramento Public Library Foundation and the Sacramento Kings.
 
“I just want to tell them they are doing a good job and to keep up the good work,” Cara said about her librarians. She added that this year’s animal theme didn’t hurt, noting that she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up.

Cara said her favorite book of the summer was “Ramona Forever,” by Beverly Cleary. In fact, she loves the entire “Ramona Quimby” series, which was published between 1955 and 1999.
 
“There is a little bit of parental influence,” Samantha Taylor admitted.


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