On behalf of Blanchard Community Library, I would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to the wonderful individuals and businesses who greatly contributed to the tremendous success of our 2015 “Read to the Rhythm!” Teen Summer Reading Program. Altrusa International of Ventura, the Bagdazian Family, Big 5, Ellen Brokaw, Jerry Burns, Joyce and Ernest Carlson, Nancy Cole, Mali De Silva, Foster’s Freeze- Summer Schaefer, Friends of Blanchard Community Library, Nancy Gallaher, The Habit-Ventura, Robert Hargarten, Mary Alice Orcutt Henderson, Elaine Hunt, Island Packers, Kohl’s, Legoland, Leslie’s Hallmark, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers, Mary and Richard Mah, McDonald’s, Stephen McFadden, , Optimist Club of Santa Paula, William Orcutt, Carrie Owens, Regency Theatres, Paschen Management Corporation, Scott Rushing- Rushing Real Estate, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Paula Rotary Club, Santa Paula Super Store-Jeongh and Stella Kong, Target Ventura, Target West, Carol Wan, Linda and Norm Wilkinson, and Zapparelli’s Family Pizzeria all generously donated to our program, while Rachel Olson kindly served refreshments to a room full of teens on the day of the party.
This year we had 168 young adult participants who read 284,450 pages over the summer! Although some years we have had fewer participants and some years we have had more, these are the most pages read in one summer since 2005, and the third highest number of pages in the 17 years we have offered the program! We are certain that our teen readers were inspired to read an additional amount due to the wonderful array of prizes provided by our donors. We hope that our teenagers will continue to read all year round and enjoy the pleasures of reading for the rest of their lives.
Thank you again to our marvelous sponsors for partnering with us and encouraging Santa Paula teens to read! Your generosity meant the world to us, and you have truly made a difference in our community!
Children’s and Young Adult Librarian Blanchard Community Library