Students of all ages have been hitting the books during the Enterprise Public Library “Ready to Read” Program — reading those books, earning their Library Dollars, and reporting their progress.
In fact, in the past two years, thanks to Librarian Denine Rautenstrach’s remodel of the program, 119 kids have participated in the program and 72 percent achieved their goals.
“This is extraordinary,” said Katie Anderson, youth services consultant for the Oregon State Library. “State average for completion is only 33 percent.”
Of all the 131 libraries in the state, only five libraries got this award, which is made regardless of the size of the library.
“It’s not like sports where schools are put into conferences based on the size of the school,” Rautenstrach said. “We beat out Multnomah. We were competing against libraries with a staff of five.”
In fact, the Enterprise library was achieving goals fairly well all along, with 50 percent of the 35 kids who took part finishing their reading plans. But that explosion from 35 kids to 119 kids and an additional 22 percent completion did not go unnoticed.
Anderson awarded the Enterprise Public Library the 2014 Outstanding Ready to Read Program Award at the June 8 city council meeting.
Other winners of summer reading awards were: Coquille Public Library, Helix Public Library, Newport Public Library and Salem Public Library.