Hayden Public Library readers win awards | SteamboatToday.com

Hayden Public Library readers win awards

Winners of the Bernadette F. Giannini Young Reader Awards were recognized last month at Hayden Public Library. They are, from left, Andrew Kleckler, Caroline Zirkle, Jof Deckler, Abby Cadenhead and Kyra Bennett. Not pictured is Dominic McAuliffe.
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Six outstanding readers were selected as this year’s recipients of the Bernadette F. Giannini Young Reader Awards.

The award is named in the honor of the late “Bern” Giannini, a voracious reader who retired to Hayden after spending summers in Hayden for most of her adult life. The award program is in its sixth year.

The award winners were recognized at Hayden Public Library in late August. They are: Jof Deckler, Abby Cadenhead, Kyra Bennett, Caroline Zirkle, Andrew Kleckler and Dominic McAuliffe.

Hayden Public Library staff members nominated the readers, who were interviewed by Belle Zars, a friend of Giannini’s. The nominees were asked to bring to a book to the interview that had touched and inspired them to read more.

The winners received a certificate and gift card to Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in Steamboat Springs. The store also generously donated two gift cards to the award program.

In addition to her love of books, which included biographies, mysteries, political analysis, humor, novels or just about anything on western history or Colorado and John Wesley Powell, Giannini loved talking with children.

She was known for engaging young people in discussions about real issues and for supporting their interests in reading. She gave books as gifts but more importantly she supported readers and was interested in what children were reading.

The award program is a joint project of the Hayden Public Library, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and friends and family of Bern F. Giannini.

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