Wednesday, October 12, 2016

2016 Summer Reading Highlights

Washington County residents read a lot of books last summer! Here are some highlights from the 2016 Summer Reading program:

Kids & Teens Summer Reading

  • 31,513 participants county-wide
  • 20% increase in program attendance throughout the summer compared to 2015
  • In an online survey, 86.37% of respondents “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that summer reading helps their children become better readers.
  • 100% of respondents said that they personally enjoyed sharing books or talking about reading with their children this summer.

Adult Summer Reading

  • 5,911 particpants, a 34% increase from 2015!
  • 2,020 book reviews were posted at
  • In an online survey, 32% of participants said they discovered a new author, series or genre.
  • 31% said they felt more motivated to read. 

Comments from participants:

  • "My teens shared some very interesting books with me over the summer."
  • "We set a goal of reading 20 books. We more than doubled our goal!"
  • "My kids got a kick out of mom being in the adult summer reading program!"
  • "[I] loved that it motivated me. I hadn't read for a few years because of young kids and exhaustion. It made me aware I was neglecting a love of mine and I could fix that."