More than 26,000 take part in library's summer program...

Reading Digest

September 09, 2001

More than 26,000 take part in library's summer program

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Public Library's Summer Reading Club for children drew 26,254 participants this year, the second-highest total in the program's 17-year history, county library officials said.

That total came despite the summer-long closure of the Randallstown branch because of a fire and restrictions at the Cockeysville branch because of work on the library's heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

The county's reading program, a model for similar summer reading programs statewide, featured the Sneaks the Cat mascot and prizes as reading incentives for participants. More than 600 middle school volunteers worked with the program, and the library system will award trophies this month to elementary schools with the highest percentage of participants.

McDonogh School stunt to mark meeting of goal

OWINGS MILLS - Children at McDonogh School exceeded their summer reading goal this year - and as a reward, the head of the Lower School will milk a cow Friday on the Childs Memorial Terrace.

Noreen Lidston made the promise after challenging children in kindergarten through fourth grades to read a total of 2,500 books over the summer.

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