From Staff Reports

The winners of the fifth annual Holiday Reading Competition gathered at the Library on Saturday, Jan. 11 to receive their awards from Roger Flood, President of The Friends of Prosper Community Library. There were five groups, but one, the ninth to 12th graders, did not turn in results.

It was the first to third graders — 9 signed up and 8 turned in their score sheets — that took the prize for the most reading. The overall winner was Michelle Jordan, with 4,330 reading minutes between Nov. 23, 2013 and Jan. 1. Lauren Richey and Mya London both had over 2500 minutes and three others had over 1,200 minutes.

Seventh grader Madison Couch won her group with the third highest overall total of 3,517 pages read.

Jaden London was awarded the fourth to sixth grade group first place prize with 1,969 minutes. However, after the ceremony, it was discovered that Kae-Kae Woodard’s score of 3,956 had not been included in the fourth -sixth group and she was given another first place award. James Hays won the pre-kindergarten group with 1,215.

Special thanks go to local businesses for donating the prizes for the winners including gifts valued at $25 from The Cotton Gin Café, Palios, the Main Event, and Cinemark Theater. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Celina donated valuable coupons that were awarded to the winners plus all competitors that exceeded reading milestones.

The next major event sponsored by the Friends will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The theme is "Take Your Child to the Library Day", and features Prosper author Kent Smith introducing his latest children’s book, "My Homework Ate My Dog". Several of the Competition girls were looking forward to attending that Library event.