Puyallup library director says 100-book-challenge party a lovely event

THE HERALDFebruary 12, 2014 

Norman Brecke, a storyteller, entertained a crowd of more than 120 at the 100-book-challenge part on Feb. 1, 2014.

PUYALLUP PUBLIC LIBRARY/COURTESY PHOTO

On Feb. 12, Puyallup Library Director Tim Wadham reminisced about the 100-book-challenge party that was held Feb. 1 at the library.

"It was a lovely event that brought the community together," Wadham said.

Challenging the community to read 100 books for all of 2013 was something suggested by former Puyallup Mayor Rick Hansen, who poked fun at the idea when Wadham made mention of the 100th anniversary of the library.

On Feb. 11, 2013, the library had its 100th anniversary party and began the reading challenge on that day. 

Reading logs were due Jan. 15 and the turnout was unexpected, Wadham said.

More than 120 adults and children participated, some reading more than 100 books. Hansen in fact, read 109.

"There were a lot of people who were really motivated and excited," Wadham said. "There was a lot of enthusiasm. People saw this as a real accomplishment."

On Feb. 1 the library held its 100-book-challenge party. Norman Brecke, a storyteller, entertained the audience. Hansen addressed the crowd, congratulating them.

Those who read 100 books were each given a 100 book club T-shirt and a 100 book club plaque. A plaque commemorating participating adults and one for participating children, will be hung for display in the library, Wadham said.

"It certainly shows value in challenging the community to read and we may do some variation of it in the future," Wadham said.

Reporter Andrew Fickes can be reached at 253-552-7001 or by email at andrew.fickes@puyallupherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @herald_andrew.

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