This year, the Minnesota Summer Reading Program and Youth Services Committee decided to recognize a Blue Ribbon Reader from each public library region in Minnesota.
Each of the 12 public library systems in Minnesota was asked to submit the name of one K-12 child who has shown great enthusiasm in the summer reading program, participation in summer reading events and who deserves to be recognized for their summer reading achievements.
Each of the 14 branch libraries, two link sites and the outreach program in the East Central Regional Library system submitted the name of one such summer reading participant. The names of the children nominated from each were put in a hat and a winner drawn from the nominations.
Irene Oquist, representing the East Central Regional Library Outreach program, was named the Blue Ribbon Reader for the ECRL region.
Irene is 12 years old and lives in Braham. She received a four pack of Minnesota State Fair tickets plus her very own “Star Reader” blue ribbon.