The Library of Graham reaches the end of its Summer Reading Program today with the awards drawing.


The program brought a total of 188 registered readers, who read a whopping 2,623 hours. Library of Graham Director Sherrie Gibson was happy with the number of readers this year.


Readers in the program read books and log the number of hours they read. A child receives six “book bucks” for every two hours read and a choice of a free paperback book.


Children in the program have incentive to read more thanks to prizes that are awarded. Those who read more will have more entries in the drawing, giving them a chance to win multiple prizes. 


The top three readers read 120, 110 and 100 hours. The top reader will receive a Dairy Queen Blizzard party for six, and the two runners up will each receive a $30 gift card from Walmart. Names of more readers will be drawn at random for a chance to win books, movies, a free game at Steer Bowl, a movie pass to the National Theater, free kids' meals from Whataburger and Golden Chick, a free donut from Donut Supreme, free ice cream cones from Dairy Queen and $1 taco bucks from Taco Casa. Gibson said that the prizes push children to read more.



The Summer Reading Program provided presentations throughout the summer to get more children interested in reading. 


This year's performances included Wildlife on the Move, which brought an attendance of 352; Boocoos the Clown, 290; Jungle Jim's Wild Encounters, 338; the Pipdillys, 254; Zooniversity, 310; Whirled on a String, 188; Critterman, 309; and the Incredible Bubble Show, 324.


The Summer Reading Program is fully funded from a private donor.


Gibson is thankful to businesses for their help.


The Summer Reading Program will return next year.