September 19th, 2013

Summer Reading Cup Challenge Winners

SR cup challenge winners 2013Though the leaves are beginning to change and the chill of fall is most definitely in the air, summer, and more specifically, summer reading, was on the minds of students and faculty members at Kenmore Elementary and Conowingo Elementary who were recently presented with one of this year’s two APGFCU Summer Reading Cup Challenge trophies.

2,160 elementary school students from the Cecil County Public Schools registered for this year’s Dig Into Reading summer reading program at the Cecil County Public Library, and 28% of them finished the program by reading for at least 4 hours over the summer.  The students at Kenmore Elementary, however, went above and beyond with 35.6% of their students finishing this year’s program, making them the 2013 Winner of the APGFCU Summer Reading Cup Challenge, an award that recognizes the school with the highest percentage of students who complete the summer reading program at the Cecil County Public Library.  As the winner of this year’s award, the school received a $500 check from APGFCU for their media center, a trophy, and Mister Softee ice cream.

The students from Kenmore Elementary weren’t the only ones celebrating, as Conowingo Elementary, with a 33.9% completion rate, won this year’s Most Improved Award for increasing their rate of completion from 17.05% last year – the largest increase for all county elementary schools.  For their hard work and dedication to reading over the summer, they received a $250 check, also from APGFCU, for their media center, a trophy, and a snack bag of cookies following their Good News Assembly.

Cecil County Public Library and APGFCU are proud of the accomplishments of the students and faculty at Kenmore Elementary and Conowingo Elementary and are eagerly looking forward to next summer’s Fizz, Boom, Read! program when we will crown another Summer Reading Cup Challenge winner.

Will it be your school?

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June 2nd, 2011

Something for Everyone!

CBR001043Whether you’re searching for the latest bestseller or the most recent Academy Award winning DVD, the library really does offer something for everyone.  From board books for our youngest patrons to an assortment of CDs for the music aficionado, we make it our goal to connect each patron with materials that are just right for them.

With that in mind, we’re unveiling a newly created collection geared towards a very special audience…the middle schooler.  Middle schoolers are an independent group with specific needs, behaviors, and reading preferences. They want to read books about middle schoolers like themselves, titles like Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney or The Dork Diaries by Rene Russell. They also want books in which the characters are dealing with first crushes and middle school drama as in The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger.  And just like the rest of us, they want the freedom to choose from different genres appropriate for their age group. Whether looking for their first horror read like The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney, a more complex mystery like The Warriors by Erin Hunter, or a slightly darker fantasy like Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan, middle schoolers are hungry to take that next step as readers without it being TOO scary, or TOO graphic, or TOO… well, you know what I mean.

To offer this group great materials that are right for them and to give parents a place where their middle schooler can browse without worry, the Cecil County Public Library is now offering a Youth section (labeled “Y” in the catalog). This new section will be in or nearby the Children’s area in each of our branches. While we created this section with middle schoolers in mind, all are welcome to check out the intriguing titles this collection has to offer — titles perfect for those ready to move past the Juvenile section, but not quite ready for Young Adult books.

And what better time to explore this new collection than right now as we turn our calendar to summer reading?  Stop by, register for summer reading, and take a look around our new Y section.  And don’t hesitate to ask our staff for help in finding that perfect selection for you or your child!

Percy Jackson, Ranger’s Apprentice, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are just a few of the latest and greatest in books written for middle schoolers.  What were some of your middle school reading favorites?

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