Summer Reading Challenge Participants Log Over 10,000 Books

Winter Park Library Patrons Conquer 2021 Library Summer Reading Challenge by Reading 10,805 Books

Winter Park community exceeds goal of reading over 10,000 books! The Winter Park Library is proud to witness our community patrons achieve and exceed our Summer Reading Challenge goal of 10,000 books. In total, our 697 participants read 10,805 books.

Our annual library challenge stretched from May 29 to July 24 this summer and had 359 active readers vying for top prizes of gift cards and books. Every reader registered their books through Beanstack and was eligible to win a prize in their age category. The more books logged increased their chance of winning the Grand Prize in each category. Prizes this year included gift cards to Build-A-Bear, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks and Jeremiah’s Italian Ice as well as National Geographic STEM kits, Smithsonian encyclopedias and wildlife sanctuary tour passes.

Residents of Winter Park helped us promote this year’s challenge by collecting yard signs from the library and proudly placing them in yards throughout our community. “With many residents looking for ways to engage with their neighbors after the previous year’s restrictions, this reading challenge gave our community a safe way to join together around the enjoyment of reading,” remarked Sabrina Bernat, Executive Director of Winter Park Library. “It’s fantastic to see Winter Park residents emerge from the challenges of last year and embrace our library’s goal to read 10,000 books together.”

The Summer Reading Challenge culminated with a celebration at the Winter Park Library on the afternoon of Sunday, July 25, 2021. Over 200 guests joined the Library for live music, character meet and greets, an animal petting zoo and a human-powered snow cone machine. The turnout was great and judging by the smiles on attendees faces, the community members enjoyed the event as much as the Library enjoyed hosting it.

Thank you to our Winter Park community for embracing the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge. We thrilled to see our goal accomplished! Join us again next summer to crush another reading goal! #WPReads

Here are your Tails & Tales winners in each age group:

Grand prize: Eloise L

Top Ten Readers:
1. Miller P
2. Finley N
3. Shepherd P
4. Emma H
5. Angelina R
6. Harper M
7. Sebastian L
8. Eloise L
9. Evaly G
10. Logan G

Grand prize: Violet P

Top Ten Readers:
1. Violet P
2. James W
3. Emma D
4. Matthew W
5. Arianna R
6. Mia H
7. Ayla K
8. Anna C
9. Anna E
10. Sadie B

Grand prize: Eleanor C

Top Ten Readers:
1. Eden B
2. Tomas G
3. Mabel L
4. Kristen P
5. Adelene D
6. Giulia V
7. Cheyenne M
8. Garrick B
9. Marisol A
10. Phynix T

Grand prize: Antonina K

Top Ten Readers
1. Lisa W
2. Anna M
3. Cali H
4. Christina C
5. Andria A
6. Eileen T
7. Antonina K
8. Sophia D
9. Kana C
10. Nathaniel J

Grand prize: Kellee M

Top Ten Readers
1. Christina M
2. Kellee M
3. Michael P
4. Susanna G
5. Michelle B
6. Carmen G
7. Maira S
8. Wil C
9. Elizabeth F
10. Heather M

Books read: 10,805