Thanks to all our participants for making this the most successful year yet.
When we kicked off our 2013 Summer Reading program back in June, we had a modest goal: to break our previous all-time records by signing up 30,000 people to read 100,000 books.
We say modest because we did it with time to spare. A review of our unofficial final numbers:
We passed 30,000 sign-ups on July 30, and eventually hit 33,317. This is up 30% over last year and 11% over our goal for the summer.
We hit 100,000 books read on August 9, and reached 132,822 by the end. This was an amazing 212% higher than last year, and 32% over our goal.
We set a new record with 11,225 finishers on August 17, and drove that new record to 13,321 by the end. This was up 18% from last year and 11% above our goal.
We've said it many times, but it bears repeating. Summer Reading programs help fight the "summer slide
," where kids lose up to two months of the reading skills they gained during the school year over the long summer break. By that standard, the 9,894 kids who completed our program prevented 1,694 years of summer slide.
While all of our libraries pitched in, the Rancho Cordova Library
was the overall winner in all three categories. The Rio Linda Library
was our top-performing small library, despite the fact that they've been closed for relocation since July 28!