SUPPORTING READING — Representatives of the Heritage Doll Club of Central New York and Jervis Public Library celebrated a successful summer reading challenge, posing for a photo with the reading contest winner recently. Among those at the celebration, held Thursday, Aug. 30, at the library were, from left: Alanna Carmody, Jervis children’s librarian; Patricia Reidel, of the Heritage Doll Club of CNY; Enya Rolland, one of two reading challenge doll winners; and Audrey Opperman, of the Heritage Doll Club of CNY. Also winning a doll, but not pictured, is Kyle Weng. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

Winners of Jervis Library, Heritage Doll Club’s reading program announced

Published Sep 8, 2018 at 4:00pm

Heritage Doll Club of Central New York wanted to encourage young people to read and developed a summer reading partnership with Jervis Public Library.

The club members got together and offered an American Girl doll as a prize for the winner of its summer reading challenge. Club member, Patricia Riedel, requested and received a donation of a doll from the American Doll Company, so the club was able to add another prize for the challenge contest.

The reading challenge program “offered children ages 6-12 a chance to win one of two dolls for their very own,” said club member Audrey Opperman.

Program organizers said that there were approximately
30 participants, mostly girls but one boy who wanted to win a doll for his sister. Following the reading challenge, organizers announced the doll winners — Enya Rolland and Kyle Weng.

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Reidel, a former Rome City School District Board of Education member and president, said the club wanted to help inspire young people, particularly young girls, to read and to develop a love of reading. She said she hopes the club will be able to continue the reading partnership program in the future.