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Tuckahoe Library Concludes Summer Reading Programs

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – With schools welcoming students back this week, the Tuckahoe Public Library celebrated the completion of the last of its three summer reading programs, helping residents read 2,505 books since June.

In all, 323 people participated in the library’s three summer reading games. Each game was tailored to certain age groups: ages 1 through 11, teenagers and adults. The adult game was designed to get residents reading genres outside their comfort zones.

“The whole staff participates, and some go way out of their way to make it creative and fun,” Library Director Swadesh Pachnanda said. “It gets people reading other things, and picking up books they never would have considered before.”

The children’s game, run by Youth Services Librarian Ellen Tannenbaum, helped kids read 1,864 books over the summer. The 182 participants took part in 27 programs. If they saw the game through to conclusion, they were rewarded with a children’s book courtesy of the library.

“It helps with their education to keep them reading. They won’t lose too much over the summer. We’re hoping to create lifelong readers,” Tannenbaum said.

Thirty-one teenagers joined the teens summer reading game, run by librarian Elizabeth Cerino. During 11 programs, the participants read 171 books. In the adults game, 110 people read 530 books. Only 35 completed the game, which entailed reading seven books in seven genres.

“Kids pick up habits from their parents,” Tannenbaum said. “There are studies that show that the more children see their parents reading, the more they’ll read. That’s why we try to get both adults and children involved.”

The adults ended their game with a party with food provided by Angelina’s Ristorante. For each book read, participants received tickets for a raffle, which featured tickets to New York Yankees and Mets games offered by Dorothy Petucelli.

Pachnanda said the popular summer reading program wouldn’t happen without the help of the community.

“We owe it all to the Friends of the Tuckahoe Public Library and everyone who helped sponsor us,” she said. “We can’t thank Concetta Mucci and Theodore Cerino enough for their generous support.”

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