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Young Readers Honored by Friends of the Library

The Friends of Queen Anne’s County Library is proud to announce the winners of the 2023 Reading Pro awards. This award is presented every year to one student at each public elementary school in the county, as the student prepares to advance to middle school. The recipients are selected by staff and teachers at each school in recognition of outstanding achievement by a student in reading and language arts.

The 2023 Reading Pro award recipients are:

  • Alexander Bishop (Bayside Elementary)
  • Kaiden Hodges (Church Hill Elementary)
  • Britany Cordova Rodas (Grasonville Elementary)
  • Jordan Henry (Kennard Elementary)
  • Jerrell Dennis (Matapeake Elementary)
  • Wyatt Clark (Sudlersville Elementary)

Friends Board of Directors member Ashley MacLeay (right) presented Jerrell Dennis the 2023 Reading Pro Award for Matapeake Elementary School.

The Friends of Queen Anne’s County Library began honoring county school-children as Reading Pros in 2016, as part of a partnership with Queen Anne’s County Public Schools. According to Friends of the Library president Kathie Smarick, “A key component of the Friends mission is to encourage reading and literacy throughout our community. Recognizing these students who have made a commitment to reading is one way our organization does this, and we hope that it helps to remind the awardees and all their peers that the resources of Queen Anne’s County Library will be there for them as they move on from elementary school and continue their education for years to come.”

The Reading Pro honorees were recognized during end-of-year celebrations at their schools. Each received a certificate as well as a gift card to Barnes & Noble, provided by the Friends of the Library.

Full article in Bay Times/News Observer, July 7 2023.