I love working in the children's department of the library because kids give us so many reasons to celebrate. Their lives are full of milestones, big and small. New siblings, lost teeth, birthday parties, what they had for lunch -- believe me, I hear about it all at storytime.

On Monday, two young library users hit big reading milestones, and I want to celebrate their accomplishments in this month's Patron Spotlights.

Three-year-old Mark McLendon is the latest participant to complete our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. This year-round program encourages families to read to young children between birth and five years old, with the goal of reading 1,000 books together before a child reaches kindergarten. Participating families track the books that they read in logs provided by the library.

Mark is the third child in his family to complete our challenge. He loves books, and could not wait to look through the ones inside the backpack that he earned.

If you are interested in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, visit the library to learn more or get signed up.

Many members of our community are taking part in a different reading program right now, our 2019 summer reading challenge. Kids, teens and adults each have a time goal for the summer, and everyone has been reading up a storm.

On Monday, 9-year-old Paxton Boreing was the first participant to complete the children's summer reading challenge at our Dalton-Whitfield branch. After filling out his raffle ticket for the grand prize drawing, he answered some questions for us. Paxton is an enthusiastic reader and a familiar face at the library. We hope you enjoy learning more about him.

Question: How do you use the library?

Paxton: To check out books and movies

Q: What do you like most about visiting the library?

Paxton: I love checking out books. The library is my favorite place to go.

Q: Why is the library important to you?

Paxton: Having all kinds of books available to read. I love to read!

Q: What is your favorite book of all time?

Paxton: The Harry Potter series.

We enjoy sharing the exciting things happening at the library, and we would love for you to be part of the fun. To view our upcoming events for all ages, pick up a calendar at the library or visit www.ngrl.org or Facebook.com/DaltonWhitfieldLibrary.

Lizzy Gregory Stuckey is the youth services manager for the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library.

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