Reading is fun

The Nellie Pederson Civic Library announced the winners of its 2017 Summer Reading Club and Poetry Contests on Saturday, August 5.

In all, summer reading club readers read for a total of 112 hours, or 6,725 minutes, library director Lewis Stansell said.

The top seven readers are Sarah Gable, Jennifer Gallagos, Jacob Grelle, Samantha Grelle, Caleb Ketchum, Waylon Tebo, and Rebekah Tyler.

The 2017 poetry contest winners (by age group) are Caleb Ketchum, Kindergarten; Jennifer Gallegos, first grade; Carla Pribble, third grade; and Sara Gable, fifth grade.

The winners received their certificates and prizes during a short ceremony at the CLIFTEX Theatre in historic downtown Clifton prior to a free screening of a family-friendly film.

The library’s annual summer reading program aims to assist parents in preventing reading loss for their children in elementary school over the summer months.

Studies have shown that children who read over the summer strengthen their language skills, enhance their brain development, and perform better on standardized tests.

Moreover, research indicates that reading for the fun of it is a great way to boost literacy, social skills, and health and learning outcomes.

Founded by the Clifton Civic Improvement Society in 1952, the Nellie Pederson Civic Library is a public library funded through the City of Clifton, and offers opportunities for volunteers.

The library currently houses over 10,000 books, audio books on CD, e-books, and films on DVD for loan. It’s children’s reading room carries titles in English, Spanish, and bilingual language for kids.

The public library also provides numerous resources for local economic and cultural development for area residents.

In July 2017, Clifton’s public library saved patrons $15,249, and so far this fiscal year, $134,420, according to a recent report from the library staff to the City of Clifton.

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