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Summer Reading Game Ends At Tuckahoe Library

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – Although the Tuckahoe Public Library has faced dramatic budget cuts this year, it has found ways to continue running successful programs for the community.

The library celebrated the conclusion of its Adult Summer Reading Game on Monday night as more than 60 residents attended a casino-inspired party in the library. Participants played trivia and bingo, with prizes and gift baskets raffled to winners of the game. After the raffle, players snacked on homemade treats.

A total of 110 people participated this year, According to Tuckahoe Public Library Director Swadesh Pachnanda. In all, they read 515 books and 26 players finished the game – which entailed reading seven books in seven predetermined genres.

“We’re lucky that Friends [of the Tuckahoe Public Library] supported us so we could continue the program. It really brings people together from towns and villages all around us,” she said. “They’re revisiting the budget in December, but our staff continues to do a great job pushing themselves.”

The library has seen its programming budget cut nearly in half, but the demand remains high. For the Summer Reading Game, the staff saw the community give back to the library through donations, such as New York Yankees and Mets tickets as well as a night out at Empire City Casino.

“This is something that we hope we are able to continue in the future. People really look forward to it every year. They’re already excited to start back up,” senior library clerk Charlotte Stupple said. “We’ve had people ask when we’re doing it so they can make sure they weren’t on vacation.”

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