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FIZZ! BOOM! READ! Summer Reading Program Winners


Live Oak Public Libraries Summer Reading Program Winners Announced

Live Oak Public Libraries is pleased to announce the grand prize winners of its 2014 Fizz! Boom! Read! Summer Reading Program (SRP). Grand prizes were sponsored by Savannah Mall and each winner receives a $500 Target gift card.

The prizes will be awarded on Saturday, August 30 at 11 a.m. at the food court at Savannah Mall.

Live Oak Public Libraries serves Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties. A winner was chosen from among eligible program participants in each county.

The three winners are: Titus Booth, age 2; Malia Roberson, age 11; and Marissa Scomo, age 7.

Area children earned an entry in the grand prize drawing every time they completed 10 hours of reading this summer. Children who are not reading on their own yet participated by being read to, encouraging families to read out loud together and share the joy of reading. As readers completed each ten hours of reading, they received a reward sheet which contained free or discounted opportunities for food, fun, and education.

The sponsors of the 2014 Summer Reading Program coupon sheets included: UGA Aquarium on Skidaway Island; Lovin’ Spoons Self-Serve Fro-Yo; Frames-n-Games; Chick-fil-A; Oatland Island Wildlife Center; Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum; The Exchange; Leopold’s Ice Cream; SK8 City; McDonald’s; Telfair Museums; Star Castle Family Entertainment Center; Safari Playhouse; Monkey Joe’s; Applebee’s; Old Savannah Tours; and Savannah Sand Gnats;

Children who completed 40 hours of reading received an extra entry in the grand prize drawing and also were declared VIP Readers. They received a VIP Reader’s backpack, and a Golden Ticket which they will present at Savannah Children’s Book Festival in Forsyth Park on Saturday, November 15 to receive a VIP Reader’s badge. The names of this year’s VIP Readers will be published in the Savannah Morning News in November.

The 18 branches of the library system have been busy since the program began in early June. 4,935 children registered for the program this year. Of those who registered, 2,966 children read for 10 hours; 2,329 children read for 20 hours; 1,914 children read for 30 hours; and 1,582 children read for 40 hours, achieving VIP Reader status.

The library presented 589 special programs during the ten week program; 20,699 area residents attended those programs. Program participants read a combined 87,910 hours.

The Summer Reading Program is funded through the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation. The foundation raises funds to supplement programs envisioned and provided by the library for lifelong learning. The program is part of the foundation’s READ! SUCCEED! Initiative, funding quality literacy programs based on proven practices to touch families in our community. READ! SUCCEED! programs are carefully designed to help a child learn to read for a lifetime, assist a student with his or her homework, or inspire an adult to share the joy of reading with the next generation.

Congratulations to the 2014 Fizz! Boom! Read! Summer Reading Program grand prize winners.