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Fort Kent youngster wins library reading challenge

FORT KENT, Maine — First-grader Caroline Aldrich clocked five hours of reading to win the Fort Kent Public Library Fall Reading Challenge. 

Aldrich read for a total of five hours to qualify for the grand prize drawing. Among the prizes were a book light, stuffed animal and jewelry making kit.

The reading activities included a scavenger hunt, reading in a blanket fort, reading a book outside, and reading to a pet or stuffed animal, according to library aide Cheryl Pelletier.

“Not only are these reading challenges lots of fun, I also feel that by earning these badges, and by seeing what they’re achieving, it will also help build confidence and self-esteem,” Pelletier said. 

Caroline’s parents are Patrick and Elise Aldrich.

The reading challenges were administered through a web-based program called Beanstack, and were designed to inspire readers’ curiosity and keep them active, Pelletier said. 

Readers earned badges and were able to monitor their progress through the program.

“Reading is fun. It does amazing things for your body and soul,” Pelletier added. “I feel that if you can get young children to read, it will broaden their horizons and get them to experience things they probably normally wouldn’t be able to.”

Fort Kent Public Library access to Beanstack was made possible through a grant from the Institute Museum and Library Services and the Maine State Library. 

The Fort Kent Public Library Winter Reading Challenge is currently underway and is available to book enthusiasts of all ages.

The Fort Kent Public Library is open to the public Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Curbside service is available Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, visit the Fort Kent Public Library Facebook page or call the library at 207-834-3048.

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