More than 1,000 children and teens registered for Bexley Public Library's Summer Reading Program this year, which ran from June 9 through Aug. 11.

More than 1,000 children and teens registered for Bexley Public Library's Summer Reading Program this year, which ran from June 9 through Aug. 11.

The library held 24 programs throughout the summer and nearly doubled its registration numbers from last year. This year the library had three distinct programs for pre-readers, readers and teens. This is only the second year for the library's pre-reader program and the first year for the Teen Summer Reading Program.

Children who completed the Summer Reading Program received a variety of prizes, including coupons for local food and activities, books, a reusable bag, and entry into drawings for a flip camera and an iPod. Connor McGlinchey won the iPod and Kayla Schafhausen won the flip camera. Grant Halliday, Reed Schworm, Ray Duffy and Brianna Swartz won Barnes & Noble gift cards.

Also, participants had a chance to vote for which animal the library should adopt through Heifer International. The llama won in a close vote.

The 2011 Summer Reading Program theme, "One World, Many Stories," encouraged children to learn about different countries and cultures through reading and attending the library's special programming.

Bexley area teens played an important role in the success of the library's Summer Reading Program by donating 446 hours of service through the library's new Volunteen program. The library's 50 Volunteens received training to volunteer at the library and helped children sign up for the reading program throughout the summer.

The Teen Summer Reading Program included a teen book club and two hands-on programs that explored different cultures through games and food.