Our Laguna: Children rewarded for good reading habits

August 29, 2013|By Barbara Diamond
  • Parker Brown enjoys a snow cone.
Parker Brown enjoys a snow cone. (Courtesy Rebecca…)

Young book lovers were honored recently for completing the Laguna Beach Library Children's Summer Reading Program.

Fire Captain Gary Ganger and Firefighter Chris Ornelas presented medals to the youngsters who had read or whose parents had read to them for at least 10 hours between June 24 and Aug. 3.The ceremony was held at Bluebird Park.

"This was our best year yet," said Rebecca Porter, children's librarian for nine years. "We had the most kids ever — 392, and 167 of them recompleted the 10 hours — and a lot of support from their parents. Our parents are committed to having their children grow up to be readers."

Adeline and Dustin King are prime examples.

One or the other reads every night to their 3-year-old son, Sebastian.

"He was born on Dec. 13, and on Christmas Eve, we read 'The Night Before Christmas to him,'" said Adeline, who has bachelor's and master's degrees in education.


Caroline Coleman, 5 1/2, who will begin kindergarten at Top of the World Elementary School in September, was accompanied not only by her parents but also by her brother, Nick, a 2010 graduate of Laguna Beach High School, and his girlfriend, Sophie, a 2013 grad.

Other young participants included Douglas Nottage, who celebrated turning 3 on Aug. 25.

Snow White, otherwise known as Ravelle Haddy, has been a library patron since she was 6 months old, when her mother, Jessica, first took her to storytime.

Now 3, Ravelle has begun memorizing the books her mother reads to her. Her favorite this summer was "Surfer Chick."

Sisters Rebecca and Kate Storke both received awards.

"'Dork Diaries was my favorite,'" said Rebecca, 8. "It is a really thick book and I read it in one week."

Kate, 7, preferred "Happy's Big Plan."

"She read more than 10 hours," said the girls' mother, Laura Storke.

Kate was also the recipient of a Festival of Arts/PIMCO Foundation Award for her three-dimensional entry titled "Noelle and Charlotte," awarded on Aug. 18."

Both girls attend Top of the World Elementary School.

Ty Karsan, who woke up at 3 a.m. the day of the awards ceremony to celebrate his 8th birthday, and his brother, Darin Patel, 11, both received awards.

Other than the awards presentation, the biggest attraction of the day was the Worm Race. Ryan Davison, 11, took home the trophy.

"I heard so much about the race, but I couldn't even picture it," said Jon Gilliom, Laguna Beach librarian since October.

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