2019 library summer reading winners

Pictured from left are Amiee Marshall, Amaya Dirsherl (fourth grade), Suzanne Green, Anastasia Philburn (kindergarten), Tim Kuntz, Lydia Norris (sixth grade), Theresa Greco, Courtney Hitchcock, Katherine Budd (fourth grade), Sarah Lanthier and Scott Lethco. Not pictured: Brayden Phelps (fourth grade).

For the past 16 years, the Homosassa Walmart has partnered with the Citrus County Library System to provide five bicycles as reading incentives during the Summer Reading Program. School-aged children were given the opportunity to enter their names, along with the title of a book they read each week during the eight-week summer program.

During the last week in July, each of the five branches randomly selected a winner. The lucky children and their parents met at the Homosassa Walmart on Saturday, Aug. 10, where each picked out their favorite bike to bring home with them.

The Summer Reading Program is more than just having a fun place to spend the summer; the program is designed to keep children reading during the months when school is not in session. Students who continue to read throughout the summer tend to retain more of their reading comprehension skills, which gives them an advantage when the school year begins again.

Incentive programs such as this one can help motivate reluctant readers to participate in the program. The library expresses gratitude to Homosassa Walmart manager Scott Lethco for continuing to support literacy in Citrus County.

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