Library Lines: Prizes reward Worthington Libraries' summer readers

HILLARY KLINE
Participants in Worthington Libraries' 2020 Summer Reading Club could qualify for prize drawings for bikes and gift cards. Diya Raval, who received one of Northwest Library's bicycles, was very excited. Her mother said winning has "made her love reading even more!"
Hillary Kline

It wasn't the program Worthington Libraries staff members expected to have this year, but rather than cancel because our buildings were closed, we decided it just wouldn't be summer without a Summer Reading Club.

Although so much about the 2020 club was different, one thing stayed the same; readers were eligible for some terrific prizes by taking part.

Children and teens who finished the online-only program were able to choose a book to keep. Adults who completed could choose one of two prizes, a canvas tote bag supporting the Worthington Farmers Market or a $10 donation to the Worthington Resource Pantry.

In addition to choosing a free book, children and teen finishers were entered into grand prize drawings for bikes or gift cards. Three bicycles went to children under age 5 who completed 7.5 hours or more of reading. Eleanor Bedell was the winner of the bike raffle at Old Worthington Library, and Tavian Brewer-Wood and Noah Leonberger received the bikes at Northwest Library and Worthington Park Library, respectively.

Three more bicycles were awarded to children ages 6 to 11 who completed 10 hours or more of reading. The recipients were Lillian Whalen at Old Worthington Library, Diya Raval at Northwest Library and Izyk McClenton at Worthington Park Library.

Teens had to read for at least 15 hours to be eligible for this year's grand prize drawing: a $100 Target gift card at each library location. Winners were Aubrey Mitch at Old Worthington Library, Noah Shaw at Northwest Library and Linley Thomas at Worthington Park Library.

The 2020 Summer Reading Club was funded by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.