More Than 11,000 Books Read By Chatham Kids in Library Summer Reading Club Celebrated with Picnic

Zoe Heard checks in reading club members Caroline and Abbie Slattery, ages 7 and 5, at the Chatham Library picnic Credits: TAP Chatham
Dr. Joseph Murphy of Suburban Chiropractic helps serve up the hotdogs for the kids at the library picnic Credits: TAP Chatham
Susan Garrido holds her daughter, 2-year-old Julia at the Chatham Library picnic Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham mom Cici Rauen with her children Alex, 6; Kate, 4, and Cara, 1 1/2, all reading club members Credits: TAP Chatham
L to r: John Eyre, Jerry Cunningham and Dave Mutchler of the Kiwanis Club grill hotdogs at the Chatham Library picnic Credits: TAP Chatham
Assistant Library Director Galina Natenzon and Jaime Sabonya, head of youth services, ran the highly popular Library of the Chathams Reading Club Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Library Reading Club members got a chance to ride the slide at the picnic held Thursday Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - More than 600 Chatham children joined the Library of the Chathams Summer Reading Club and from the last week of June through Aug. 17 they read and answered questions about 11,000 books.

The official total for the 2017 Summer Reading Club was 623 members who read 11,188 books. Of that total, 301 read enough books to earn an invitation to the grand finale - a picnic held Thursday at Memorial Park behind the library.

"They really enjoyed it," Cici Rauen, Chatham mom with three kids in the club, Alex, Kate and Cara. "They each earned 100 points."

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The Kiwanis Club served up hotdogs from the grill and a large inflatable slide added to the fun.

Galina Natenzon, assistant director, and Jaime Sabonya, head of youth services, ran the club that promotes reading comprehension by having the children answer questions about the books they read.

Jaime Sabonya, head of youth services, explains how the Chatham Library's Summer Reading Program is different than other reading programs


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