Saturday, September 11, 2010

Teens Win E-Readers!

Did you or do you know someone who waited hours in line for their iPad? Well, one lucky teen patron didn't have to wait in any line or pay anything for his iPad! Robert C. was the grand prize winner of the 2010 TeenRead summer program drawing. He won an iPad and a $25.00 iTunes gift card. Robert celebrated a birthday just two days before he received the news that he won. What a nice birthday present!

Robert, who is not one to read much for fun, was motivated to particpate in the TeenRead program so he could enter a drawing for one of three e-reader prizes. Two other teens, Jacob S. and Rainbow H., each won an iPod Touch and a $25.00 iTunes gift card. They had a choice of an iPod Touch or Amazon Kindle.

Over 850 teens signed up for TeenRead, a program that provided incentives for teens to read during the summer. Over 530 of them finished and earned a $10.00 Borders gift card. The gift cards were generously funded by the Foundation and Friends of the Santa Clara City Library.

The e-readers were paid for by a grant from the Michael J. Kirsch Foundation. The purpose of the grant was to encourage reading among teens using e-readers. It certainly motivated teens to read this summer. Collectively, they read over 6500 books!

Two other iPod Touches were awarded earlier this year from the e-reader grant to the winners of the "Read This Book" commercial contest during Teen Tech Week in March. The
winning commercial was of the book, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.

All of our winning teens, as well as other patrons with e-readers, can borrow
e-books from the library or from home. Check out (no pun intended!) our Overdrive Download Station where patrons can download audio and electronic books directly onto their devices at the Library.

Thank you to the Michael J. Kirsch Foundation and the Foundation and Friends of the Library for their generous support of the library and its teen patrons!

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