A record number of children this past summer enrolled in the annual reading program provided by the Huntington Central Library, officials said.
A total of 3,021 children between kindergarten and sixth grade participated in the decade-old program that is intended to stimulate interest in reading through summer vacation. The 1991 program ended last month.
Among those enrolled this year, more than 1,500 completed the program by reading at least eight books and attending all eight weekly meetings at the central library, where a new children's wing will be added during the next 18 months.
Participants in the program are offered incentives to read books.
More than 1,200 children who read at least 25 books this summer received a special reading certificate and a free meal at a local restaurant. About 400 of those students read 50 or more books. They earned a commemorative button and a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from a stationery and novelty shop.
The summer program concluded this year with a party at the library featuring a reading presentation by the acting troupe Giraffe and Staff. More than 800 students attended that event.