I posted this earlier this summer (here and here) about our reading challenge to raise money for our building fund for a new library facility. The goal was for folks to read 10,000 hours during this year’s summer reading program (a real jump from the 6,800-ish hours read during the previous summer). The Judy G. Western family was willing to match the amount, dollar for hour, as long as we hit 10,000 hours. So, how did we do?
We didn’t just hit 10,000 hours–or 11,000 or 12,000 or 13,000 or 14,000. That’s right–for the summer reading challenge, Berryville (and some friends in other places) read 15,343 hours and raised $15,343 for the building fund.
We’ve never had so many adult participants in the summer program or so many hours read. We had people who never sign up for the reading program sign up specifically because of the challenge.
You can read more about the reading stats and the prize winners here on our website.
I can’t even begin to say how excited we were at the library with everyone’s participation and enthusiasm. We know Berryville loves its library (and the library loves Berryville!), but to see that in action was truly amazing. Thanks again to all of you for your hard work and help, thanks to the local businesses who donated prizes for the summer program, and thanks so much to the Judy G. Western family for their very generous donation.
We might have some smaller reading challenges later this year, and we definitely are already talking about how we can have something similar next year. If/when we do, we’ll be sure to announce them here. (Likewise, if you want to be the sponsor for a future reading challenge fundraiser, please let us know!)
In the meantime, you can still use Beanstack to record your reading. I’ve become
obsessed fascinated with seeing my reading stats and am still using the app daily to record my reading.
How many hours did you read this summer? Are you one of our lucky prize winners? Are you still using Beanstack? Tell us in the comments!