One hundred and eight students, ages 6‑17, racked up more than 147,475 minutes reading 2,031 books during the library’s Summer Reading Challenge.
“Those students have truly embodied this year’s theme, ‘Extraordinary Characters’,” said Kevin Goring, deputy director of the Cayman Islands Public Library Service.
On Saturday, a ceremony was held at the Mary Miller Memorial Hall to reward students for their efforts.
David Wight, MLA for George Town West, acting for the Education Ministry, assisted Paul Robinson, director of the Public Library Service, with presenting top readers and all participants with prizes that included WiFi devices, a Gopro camera, gift certificates, games, toys, activity packets and more.
Wight told the children he had fond memories of stories he had read during his childhood and how he had spent many hours being captivated by characters in faraway lands and magical kingdoms.
He commended the George Town Library for the well-timed initiative and offered his congratulations to awardees.
The summer reading challenge champion in the 6‑9 age group was Talia Bustillo Bing of Cayman Brac.
Karishma Seeram, also of Cayman Brac, won the 10‑13 age group. Grand Cayman’s Maleek Powell was named champion in the 14‑17 category.
Best Summary Awards went to Milan McLaughlin, Analeah Parker and Michaela Robinson.
The Ambassador Award went to Ivanka Grant. There were also prizes for best costumes.
Robinson said more people participated in this year’s event than ever before.