Ruidoso's summer reading program winners announced – Ruidoso News

Build a Better World was the theme this year

Program leaders and volunteers for the 2017 children’s summer reading program gathered for a party. The theme for readers this year was “Build a Better World.”(Photo: Courtesy Photo/Ruidoso Public Library)

Three hundred and sixty children registered for the 2017 Summer Reading program at the Ruidoso Public Library, and more than 2,400 participated in 70 programs.

The theme this year was “Build a Better World.” Children earned small prizes and coupons as they read and participated throughout the summer. Five dogs also were enrolled to allow children to practice their out loud reading, to tell some floppy ears a story, or simply to pet and snuggle.

Sean McInnes, Timothy Girrard, Nathalie Bastardo, Piper Saiz and Ethan Anderson were winners for the preschool group. Heidy Jenkins, Cayden Wilson, Rachel Baudo, Megan Jensen and Grady Ivans won in grades six through nine.

Mindy Girrard, Clara Helmstetler, Warrick Nowell, Titus Rust, Kyler Cox and Airalyh Magana came out on top in tenth through twelfth grades. The teen winners were Alora Shaver, Walter Watts, Allexius Ontiveros, Cori Cox, Tomy Stokes and Savannah Mendez.

All younger children went home with small stuffed animals, bubbles and free books. Older winners were presented with gift cards and Kindles. Other participants present at the closing program were given small gifts, and everyone went home with free books.

Dogs Cooper and Sadie enjoyed the attention from the summer readers. (Photo: Courtesy Phot/Ruidoso Public Library)

The summer ended with a thank-you celebration for adult and teen volunteers, who instructed and helped with programs, checked books in and out, prepared crafts, signed reading logs, gave out prizes, shelved books and then shelved some more. The program would not have been successful without their time and

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