Balto. Co. libraries' summer reading program breaks record

More than 48,400 participate

September 04, 2012|By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore County Public Library's summer reading club had the most participants ever this year, with more than 48,400 taking part.

That was an increase of more than 2,400 participants over last year's program, library officials said. The program began 35 years ago and is designed to help students keep up their reading over summer vacation. People of all ages could join the reading club, which ended in August.

The program had about 3,500 participants in 1984, when officials began keeping statistics.

This year, the library's Cockeysville branch had the most participants — about 5,740.

The library system's other reading programs include "Baby Story Times" at most branches; a story time program for preschoolers at all library locations; anime and manga programs for teens at the Cockeysville and Rosedale locations; and book clubs for adults at more than 10 branches.

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