• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Library receives $500 for reading programs

BROOKS TRACY and his parents, Chris and Susan Tracy, are pictured with Becky Munoz, far left, youth services librarian at the Woodford County Library. Brooks and his family were awarded a $1,000 college savings account on Nov. 22 after he was named one of eight winners in a reading program: “Read. Save for College. Change the World.” (Photo by Bob Vlach)

YOUTH SERVICES LIBRARIAN Becky Munoz, right, accepted $500 for the Woodford County Library’s reading programs on Nov. 22, from David Scott, outreach counselor for the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. Also pictured is Karen Kasacavage, director of the Woodford County Library. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Southside Elementary School kindergartner Brooks Tracy’s family was awarded a $1,000 college savings account for him being one of eight winners across the state in “Read. Save for College. Change the World,” a reading program sponsored by the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT) and Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives. Each year, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority partners with local public libraries to award $1,000 KESPT savings accounts to kids who participate in public library summer reading programs.

Over 4,500 families in Kentucky entered for a chance to win this year, according to a press release.

Brooks, 6, became the first patron of the Woodford County Library to ever win a KESPT savings account. He and his older sisters, Emma and Madison, regularly participate in the local library’s summer reading program, youth services librarian Becky Munoz said.

Chris Tracy said he and his wife involve their children in the library’s summer reading program “because it’s important to read.”

“They needed to know from a young age that we thought reading was important,” added Susan Tracy. “So they’ve been read to every day before they go to bed.”

Woodford County Middle School’s administrative dean said she and her husband, also a longtime educator, make every effort to read to their kids for 20 minutes each night. And they’ve always tried to make the library a comfortable place for them to visit. “So they’ve always been a part of summer reading,” she said.

The Woodford County Library received $500 from the “Read. Save for College. Change the World” program to support its reading programs for children.

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