GEPL Members Exceed Read for Heroes Goals

This year's Glen Ellyn Public Library's Summer Reading Program challenged the community to Read for Heroes and the community overwhelmingly responded.

Kids blasted past their goal, reading for 80,254 hours, 10,254 hours over their 70,000 hour goal. "This year was the fastest we have ever achieved our goal," said Renee Grassi, Glen Ellyn Public Library Youth Department Director. "We beat it four days ahead of schedule."

Adults also surpassed their goal, finishing 4705 books, exceeding their 4500 book goal by 205 books. "To not only meet, but exceed this year's goal says a lot about how much enthusiasm adults had for this year's summer reading program," says Amy Franco, Glen Ellyn Public Library Adult Programming Librarian.

Teens really got behind summer reading this year, setting a record for number of books logged in. "Teens logged in 1170 books this year," continues Franco. "That's a 41 percent increase over the previous recorded best set back in 2012."

"It was wonderful seeing such a response from the community to our summer reading program," said Dawn Bussey, Director of the Glen Ellyn Public Library. "We are thrilled that participants surpassed their goals and donations will be made to the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Department and Glen Ellyn Police Department."

The Friends of the Glen Ellyn Public Library donated $1000 to the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Department, who will put the funds towards the recruitment of volunteer firefighters. Melissa Hilt, Glen Ellyn Public Library Youth Department Assistant Director and Katie Scherer, President of the Friends of the Glen Ellyn Public Library presented the check to Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jim Bodony at Monday's Village Board Meeting.

The Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn donated $1000 to the Glen Ellyn Police Department, who will place the money in the Madden Scholarship Fund. The check was presented to Glen Ellyn Police Chief Philip Norton and Officer Steve Miko by Amy Franco, Glen Ellyn Public Library Adult Department Programming Librarian and John Helledy President of The Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn at Monday's Village Board Meeting.

"This year's Summer Reading Program was an unqualified success! But the value of our Summer Reading Program is not just in the numbers—it's in the impact," Grassi said. "Not only did we partner with and support the Glen Ellyn Police and Fire Departments, but our reading program helps to limit the effects of Summer Slide by getting kids excited to read, encouraging children to be life-long readers, and preparing students for school readiness."

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