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The goal: To read 30 million minutes for the Jefferson County Library Foundation to donate $500 to the Foothills Animal Shelter.
And Jeffco readers far exceeded expectations. The goal was met on July 25, but everybody kept on reading, reaching more than 37 million minutes of reading in the duration of the month-long program, which ended on July 31.
The Foothills Animal Shelter cares for 9,200 animals annually, said Jessi Burns, the shelter's marketing and communications manager.
“Donations like this ensure we can continue to give essential medical, behavioral and life-saving care to homeless pets in our community,” she said.
Some Jeffco schools also competed to win $800 to support a literacy program in the school or their school's library. The school winners are Bergen Meadow Preschool in Evergreen, Dennison Elementary in Lakewood, Bell Middle School in Golden, Wheat Ridge High School and Doral Academy of Colorado in Westminster.
Participation overall was up by 20 percent compared to last year's readers. This year, more than 43,000 Jefferson County residents participated in the program.
“We're thrilled with the growing level of participation in our Summer Reading program,” said Pam Nissler, executive director of the Jefferson County Public Library. “I couldn't be prouder of library staff and Jefferson County residents. This is a great example of what we can accomplish when we join together to achieve a common goal.”
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