Libraries throughout Stanislaus County hosted a Summer Reading Challenge for youth and adults throughout the county from May 22 until Aug. 7. Young reader Garrett Wadsworth, 8, from Riverbank was the grand prize winner and was presented a $200 Amazon gift card following the conclusion of the summer program.
“Most kids entered several times throughout the summer,” explained Riverbank Librarian Vicky Holt. “We gave out weekly gift cards throughout the summer. And each branch had a $50 Amazon gift card to give out to a child, teen and adult.”
Participants kept track of their reading and for every seven hours of reading they would get an entry into the drawing. The library provided a reading log and there was no limit on how many entries that could be submitted.
“He (Garrett) has read roughly 24 books (400 to 600 page books),” stated his father, Mark Wadsworth. “Lately his interest had been in Egyptian, Greek, and Roman mythology adventures. My wife and I are happy for him and are a little surprised with the attention being received over winning the drawing.”
This countywide summer challenge included a 30-minute challenge for kids up to 8-years-old and an adult challenge as well. Adults in Riverbank also won a gift card or prize for their participation in reading this summer and submitting a review sheet on what they read.
Garrett, a third grader, showed much generosity sharing his winnings with his siblings, getting each of them a present. Some of the other funds he spent on a gaming system. He is homeschooled along with his siblings.
“He was shocked and it took a while for the reality to sink in,” said his dad. “We were happy with his generous spirit and told him he could have what he wanted.”
The Stanislaus Library Foundation provided the materials and prizes for the summer competition. The Friends of the Riverbank Library provided gift cards for participants.