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Summer Reading Program Breaks Record

The Catonsville Library broke last year's record and surpassed 2,000 participants this year.

As summer is coming to a close, Baltimore County Library announced that its 2012 Summer Reading program broke a record again.

The nine-week free reading program that ended August 14, had 48,413 students participate. The total was an increase of more than 2,400 students over 2011. The program has been running for 35 years.

"It's a great sign that more Baltimore County children are reading over the summer," Marissa Conner, the system's youth services coordinator, said in a release.

The theme of this year's program was "Dream Big: Read!" for preschool and elementary-age children and "Own the Night" for middle school and older.

In 2011, there were 1,802 children who participated in the Catonsville location, according to BCPL library spokesman Bob Hughes.

This year, the number grew to 2,483 children who participated, Hughes said.

Did you and your children participate in the summer reading program? What was your favorite book or activity? Tell us in the comments.

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