Summer reading a hit with Eureka youth

DeWayne Bartels
Emily Streit, 8, of eureka plans to read 50 books this summer.

Today’s youth have a lot of distractions come summer. Reading can fall way down on their list of priorities.

Robin Richey, children’s librarian at the Eureka Public Library, said recently that does not seem to be the case in Eureka.

“There are about 350 kids in the summer reading program,” Richey said. “That’s a good number.”

Richey said the youth she has encountered, so far, have been enthusiastic about reading.

“The majority join the program because they want to,” she said.

Emily Streit, 8, a third-grader at Davenport School, said she wanted to join the program.

“I think, maybe, I can read close to 50 books by the end of summer,” Streit said.

She said her favorite books are fictional chapter books.

“I like Beverly Lewis. She writes the books about Ramona and Beezus. They’re funny,” Streit said. “I don’t like sports books.”

Miles Danner, 11, a sixth-grader at Eureka Middle School, said he is starting a series of books called “Rotten School.”

“They’re funny,” Danner said. “I also like biographies.”

Danner said reading ranks about third in his list of favorite summer activities behind baseball and swimming.

Parker Williams, 11, a sixth-grader at Eureka Middle School, said he hopes to read about 10 books.

“I like fantasy books,” he said.

Williams said reading ranks second in his list of favorite summer activities, only behind softball.