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Youngsters score big in Pound Ridge Library’s Summer Reading Game


Julian Getz is introduced to entertainer Steve Charney’s fake pet during the show at the Pound Ridge Library End of Summer Reading Game Party on Friday, Aug. 17.


Gabby O’Reilly has had a busy summer. The 6-year-old has read more than 15 books in the past few weeks, and she hasn’t even started the first grade yet.

Gabby and her younger brother Owen, 4, together took part in the Pound Ridge Library’s Summer Reading Game, an annual program set up to encourage local children to continue reading during the summer. The program ended Friday at 2 p.m. with an end-of-summer party and awards ceremony at the library on Westchester Ave.

Pound Ridge Library Director Marilyn Tinter said the summer-long program has been present since the library’s founding 60 years ago, and the 130 kids who signed up this year proves its growing success.

“I think school takes away the pleasure of reading because you have to read those assignments,” Ms. Tinter said. “With this, they learn that reading is fun. It’s always been a very successful program, and the kids are very excited about it.”

Karissa O’Reilly, Gabby and Owen’s mother, said she’ll be signing her children up again next year. Though Owen is still learning how to read, the games are set up so that children in preschool can listen to books being read to them at home.

“It encourages them to keep busy with reading during the summer,” said O’Reilly, of Pound Ridge.

The program is designed for preschoolers and elementary school students, but middle and high school students are also welcome to join, Ms. Tinter said. There are no specific books for the children, but the librarians offer suggestions once a child finishes a book.

To encourage the children to keep reading, prizes are offered for every five books that are read. Local businesses like Scotts Corner Market and Chubby’s Hardware provided some of the prizes, such as coupons for free ice cream.

After reading, the children “reported” on their books to librarians. The certificates handed out Friday were awarded to the children that finished the program by reading the required amount of books every week.

Zachary Manna, 7, of Pound Ridge, said he liked the games because he got to enjoy a variety of different books. His favorite was “Fancy Nancy: Poison Ivy Expert” because “it teaches you to watch out for poison ivy.”

“It’s pretty fun. It really makes you work hard to get better at reading,” Manna said.

Pound Ridge children’s librarian Alan Ramsay, who handed out the certificates, said the games are a great way to keep the children’s minds fresh during the summer.

“It really motivates them to read,” Ramsay said. “I can just see the excitement in their eyes when they walk in.”

Ms. Tinter, who has been the library’s director for 26 years, said more and more readers sign up every year. Though most schools assign summer reading lists, the program has been a great way to ensure the students complete their lists while taking it to the next step to read just for fun, she said.

Following the awards, the children enjoyed snacks and refreshments, and then had the opportunity to watch New York magician and ventriloquist Steve Charney perform in the library.

Ms. Tinter added that all the participants lived up to this year’s motto for the program, which was "Dream Big – Read!"

“What I find the most rewarding with these games is that the younger ones, who are just learning how to read, are fluent by the end of the summer,” she said. “And for those who are already readers, they learn that reading is a lifelong pleasure.”

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