Top readers take away prizes

Chrisann Haughton and Kody Wright
took on a summer challenge and walked away champions.

The two took top prizes in the
Cayman Islands Public Library Service’s recent summer reading challenge. They
read a record-making total 246 books – in only two weeks.

Nine-year-old Chrisann was the top
overall and also top female reader, after ploughing through 164 books.
Eleven-year-old Kody took the top prize for boys during the same period, after
reading 82 books.

In addition to achievement
certificates, both youngsters took home gift certificates for swimming lessons,
sponsored by Fitness Connection.

The challenge was part of the
library’s recently concluded Make a Splash – Read! summer reading programme,
held annually. This year more than 250 children participated at Cayman’s six
public libraries.

During the programme, participants
were treated to talks about sharks, turtles, surfing, and Cayman’s environment,
and went on field trips, including a Nautilus Submarine dive and a Boatswain’s
Beach visit. 

Acting Library Director Juliet
Lawson thanked the community for its support and said: “Many individuals and
businesses in the Cayman Islands community generously gave prizes, amazing
discounts, and snacks. Many others, too, took the time to either listen to the
children read, or just sit and read with them.” 

Community Librarian Deborah
Powery-Zureigat added, “Our children were not only surrounded by the
opportunity to borrow good books, but to see positive adults in their community
who value reading.”

The summer reading programme is
free to children ages five to 14.

Anyone interested in sponsoring next year’s programme may call
either Juliet Lawson or Deborah Powery-Zureigat on 949-5159.

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