The Florence Community Library closed out its 2014 Arizona Summer Reading Program, “Fizz! Boom! Read!” with Professional Hypnotist Paul Watson.  Patrons came out and enjoyed an evening of hypnosis, comedy, and a little bit of magic to successfully end the science-themed summer reading program. 

Florence’s youth read a combined total of more than 33,000 minutes this summer.  Arcel E. Lopez was our top children’s reader. He received a tablet, book, and a prize bag.  Isabelle Wang was our 2nd place reader.  Aisaya Bell, Anthony Berdge, Rahmel Valentine and Talia Valentine were 3rd place readers.  Each of them received a book, and a prize bag.  Sarah Colter was our top teen reader.  She received Harkins Theatre tickets for 4, a book, and a prize bag.  

Other readers of note are Nathaniel Wang, Jordan Cherry, George Crispen, Kaeden Christenson, Amanda Schifano, Ryan Lopez, Serina Paulson, Tanner Elliott, Haley Lopez, Oscar Rodriguez, Diego Rodriguez, Shawn Mendez, Jolee Anna Viola, Levi Backes, Jonathan Schifano, Bailey Christenson, Andrea Perez Salazar, Marilyn Bieker, Chloe Dubien, Noah Christenson, Madison Grogitsky, and Norah Hess.  

Megan Yeo was this year’s raffle winner of Arizona Diamondbacks tickets for 4.  Everyone who turned in their reading logs received a book and a prize bag full of goodies. Way to go! Congratulations, and see you next year. 

“Literary Elements,” the 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program, was also a success.  Participants read more than 80 total books during the program’s month-long run.  Denise Kollert was our top adult reader with 22 books read.  Kandi Hartung placed second with 13 books, and April Shilliam third with 7 books read.  Our thanks to all who participated! 

The Florence Community Library is thankful for everyone who took part in making this program a success:  The Friends of the Florence Community Library; Arizona Cardinals; Arizona Diamondbacks; Pinal County Historical Society & Museum; B&D Restaurants, Inc. /McDonald’s; Harkins Theatres; Paula Norby at Papa Murphy’s Pizza; Ginger Marvin at Peter Piper Pizza; Jeanine Gooding, RDH Oral Health Screening Clinical Director at Sun Life Family Health Center; Jennie Treadway, Instructional Specialist, and Annie Cecil, Sensory Screener at The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.  We would like to also thank our wonderful volunteers: Brad Berger, Melanie Crounse, Ian Singco, Ingree Villalba, and Dave Zambrano.  We appreciate all of your efforts! 


Arcel Lopez