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County Library Board of Directors honors summer reading achievers


NORTH VALLEY – Maricopa County Reads, the summer reading program embraced by 62 Maricopa County public libraries, concluded its summer run on Aug. 1.

The Maricopa County Library Board of Directors handed out certificates of reading achievement to 10 county participants who were identified as top point earners from the county’s five supervisory districts.  The Board applauded the kids for their efforts to continue to stretch their reading skills.

Awardees included:

District 1
Zaith U.: Gilbert
Annalise L.: Queen Creek

District 2
Maddie P.: Mesa
Andrew R.: Fountain Hills

District 3
Arianna K.: Anthem
Shirley H.: Phoenix

District 4
Levi R.: Goodyear
Allie M.: Surprise

District 5
Zachary S.: Phoenix
Kyla E.: Guadalupe

“Reading regularly is a pathway to improved learning and informed citizenship,” said Steve Chucri, chairman of the Maricopa County Library Board of Directors. “Through Maricopa County Reads, our library staff generated lots of excitement about reading through books, eBooks, guest appearances, and many other summer experiences in our libraries. We are pleased to honor kids for their reading accomplishments.”

“Children are showing us that reading is important to them,” said Cindy Kolaczynski, director of the Maricopa County Library District. “As the county librarian, it’s heartening to see kids and their parents embrace community libraries as destinations for personal development and growth as well a place for wholesome fun.”      

Over 77,000 individuals registered for the 2015 summer reading program and some 27,000 earned free books for their efforts.  To qualify for a free book, a summer reading participant had to earn 500 points or more – one point for each minute read.

For more information about Maricopa County Reads, e-mail Caris O’Malley at  To see what’s happening at the 17 libraries operated by the Maricopa County Library District, visit