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Nineteen Kids Complete 200 Books as Part of Newark Public Library’s Youngsters Summer Reading Challenge
Press Release August 15, 2006
Media only contact: Heidi Cramer
(973) 733-7837

Hundreds of children who signed up for The Newark Public Library Prudential Summer Reading Challenge have crossed the finish line, having achieved the minimum goal of reading at least five books since June 27. Nineteen of them reached the maximum goal finishing 200 books before the program came to an end last week.

"We thank the Prudential Foundation for its steadfast financial support of this important program and congratulate all the children who participated in the summer challenge, regardless of how many books they read," said Library Director Wilma J. Grey. "All the young people who read during the summer months are winners, but the children who finish 200 books are true champions," Grey said, explaining she was always an avid reader as a child.

This year, 19 youngsters in Newark reached the 200 book level and will be recognized as the city’s biggest readers. These children are from branches across the city--four at the Branch Brook Branch, two at the Main Library, nine at the North End Branch, three at the Springfield Branch; and one at the Van Buren Branch. While they did not quite read 200 books, winners were also recognized at the Clinton, Madison, Roseville, Vailsburg, and Weequahic Branches.

All participants who have read at least five books for the challenge will receive special certificates to mark their achievement, and special prizes will be awarded to the top readers at the Library’s awards ceremony this Saturday, August 19 at 10:00 am.

Given as incentives that encourage the children to read, this year’s prizes all depict animals to match the summer reading theme of "Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales." Children who read five books receive an animal pencil and eraser; those reading 25 books, an animal print whistle. Readers of fifty books receive a koala key ring depicting the Library’s mascot, Corky, while 100-book readers receive a yo-yo. There are other intermediate prizes for different levels of achievement.

The children from the branches below completed 200 books and will be recognized for their achievements:

Branch Brook Branch
Sajana Mathew
Elizabeth Morel
Naomi Morel
Johana Polanco

Main Library
Niruban Bethetharan
Mahishan Gnanaseharan

North End Branch
Hilda Annan
Chelsea Gallegos
Kenneth Gallegos
Dana Lebron
Jared Lebron
Amber Lynn Moniz
Deidra Moniz
Vanessa Moniz
Jennifer Murillo

Springfield Branch
D’Ondre Robinson
Latisha Robinson
Shaquan Smith

Van Buren Branch
Andreia Pereira

Children at other Library branches read a large number of books and also will receive awards. They include:

Clinton Branch
Tiquana Andrews

Madison Branch
Cianna Castro

Roseville Branch
Rebekah Ingersoll

Vailsburg Branch
Sheldon Bailey

Weequahic Branch
Kayle Wade


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