Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge which ran from June 19-July 31, and was a resounding success. 1,262 members of the Escondido community completed 8,639 challenge activities, and participants ages 0-17 read for a total of 959,774 minutes. Readers were rewarded with prizes, many of them donated by local businesses who were enthusiastic to play a part in the community event as Kelly Hartford, Marketing Manager at Jimbo’s…Naturally explains. "Being socially responsible and actively involved in our community is very important to Jimbo's...Naturally! We have been supporting the Escondido Public Library for years, and we see benefits through the well documented goodwill of being associated with our local public library.” 

Community members of all ages had rave reviews for the Summer Reading Challenge. A mother of five participants stated, "We love Summer Reading! I appreciate how it keeps the whole family motivated to read. Definitely a worthwhile program where I see significant reading improvement with my kindergartner's reading skills. I love the prizes and the coupon packs!” Children enrolled in the Challenge agree. “I love to read, and the Summer Reading Challenge lets me do that while getting prizes so I could try out different food places in Escondido!” said Denise, age 11. Teen participant Tatiana, age 14, stated “The Summer Reading Challenge is a super easy way to track my reading and it was fun to work towards the goals!” Adult reader Michele was just as enthusiastic and said that “without these challenges, I never would have picked up an adult graphic novel, but I did and was surprised that I really enjoyed it. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell was a fantastic book and very thought provoking. It was fun to attend the 2nd Tuesday Book Club for the first time and hear other people's opinions of that particular book. Thanks for broadening my reading horizons this summer.” The impact this program has on the community would not have been possible without the generous support of the Friends of the Escondido Public Library, local business supporters, and the participation of our community members.

As summer activities wind down at the Library, a schedule of new programs and services begins and can be found on the Library’s website library.escondido.org. For more information, contact Librarian Monica Barrette at mbarrette@escondido.org, or call 760-839-4836. Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.