Meet the kids’ grand prize winner for Central Library!

The Central Library’s Children’s Summer Reading Challenge winner is Diego, a kindergartener who completed his whole reading game board and then was randomly selected to take home our squishable Porter the Polar Bear. Here he is with his prize:



And here’s Angela Arzu, manager of Youth Services, congratulating him and presenting him with a certificate!



Great job Diego, and great job to all the kids who participated in our summer reading challenge and read books all summer long!  Don’t forget to stop by and pick up your prizes this week while supplies last.  And if you’re available tomorrow (Tuesday) August 11 at 4 pm, come to Central Library to see Library Director Jan Sanders’s cool new look!


AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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