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Summer reading hits record numbers in San Luis Obispo County

A record number of young children, teens and adults took part in Summer Reading Programs in San Luis Obispo County.

Statistics include:

5,293 people participated in this year’s Summer Reading Program. 163,960 people visited library branches in June and July. 11,274 people attended the 548 free programs offered. Patrons checked out 538,110 books. 873 people attended 20 outreach events. 2,106 lunches were served to local children through the Summer Lunch Program.

“Our communities asked for more adult programs, so we partnered with California State Parks and Hearst Castle to bring living history fashion shows, virtual tours of the castle, and more, all of which were well attended,” said Sharon Coronado, the Adult Services Coordinator.

She said prizes worked as incentives.

“Thanks to our Foundation, we offered pretty sweet prizes too with the bi-plane ride, zip line tour, and the staycation basket with a free house cleaning. My favorite part of the year is calling the winners and hearing their excitement, it makes me start wanting to plan next summer right away!”

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