The Florence Community Library closed out its 2015 Arizona Summer Reading Program, “Ever Hero Has a Story!” with magician Craig Davis. Patrons came out and enjoyed an afternoon of comedy, magic, and juggling. What a successful end to our “Superhero-themed” Arizona Summer Reading Program!

Florence’s youth read a combined total of more than 35,000 minutes this summer. Isabelle Wang was our top children’s reader. Nathaniel Wang was our 2nd place reader. Abigail Johnson was our 3rd place reader.

Each of them received “Every Hero Has a Story Canvas Prize Bags” filled with a book, Arizona Cardinal Hat & T-Shirt, stretch book covers, crayon candle set, pens, pencils, folders, posters, balloons, trucks, mini flashlights, magnets, puzzles, suction balls, lanyards, bracelets, finger puppets, playing cards, stickers, clappers, and McDonalds and Chipotle family-friendly coupons. Miki Ysaguirre was our top teen reader. She received an “Unmasked Canvas Prize Bag” filled with an age appropriate book, stretch book covers, superhero pens and pencils, and McDonalds and Chipotle family-friendly coupons.

Other readers of note include: George Crespin, America Reynolds, Leticia Crespin, Arcel Lopez, Haley Lopez, Dakota Beck, Kayden Beck: Andi McEvoy, Lily Bobko, Ripley Bobko, Annabelle Bobko, Violet Horn, Briana Johnson, Alexa Lopez, Noah Christenson, Daisy Mistico, Jared Johnson, Kendra Johnson, Brooklyn Yates, Seth Shoemaker, Kyle Johnson, Kaeden Christenson, Abdel Flores, David Moreno, JesusFernando Moreno, and Brooke Harris. Josh McEvoy was our children’s raffle winner, and Chasity Denton was our teen raffle winner. They each took home a “Superhero” prize bag, with age appropriate books and Chipotle coupons for the whole family. 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.

The Adult Summer Reading Program, “Escape the Ordinary,” was also a success. Participants read 83 total books during the program’s month-long run. Denise Kollert was our top adult reader with 16 books read. R. Seraphima Brees placed second with 14 books, and Kathy Sichling placed third with 8 books read. Our thanks to all who participated!

The Florence Community Library would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our “Superheroes” who took part in making this program a success: The Friends of the Florence Community Library, Florence Fire Department, Florence Police Department Arizona Cardinals, B&D Restaurants, Inc. /McDonald’s, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Dave Fjosee at Papa Murphy’s Pizza, the University of Arizona Sensory Program Screeners from the Cooperative Extension Pinal County Satellite Office, and Canines with Class. We would like to also thank our wonderful community volunteers: Melanie Crounse, Dakota Leonard, Debra Croft, Lisa Messinger, and Trevor Downing. We applaud and appreciate all of your superhero efforts!