A record-breaking summer at the Safford Library

- Contributed Photo/Brandon Nite

SAFFORD — There was plenty of good news coming out of the Summer Reading Program at the Safford City-Graham County Library.

“We had record-breaking numbers, it was a lot of fun (and) we saw a lot of families come through,” said Library Supervisor Leslie Talley.

There were 282 people who participated in the children’s and adult reading programs, logging a total of 3,024 hours of reading. In addition, there were 8,467 visitors to the library who checked out 25,900 different items.

And there were 65 summer events at the library attended by 3,279 people, including the “Titanic” themed escape room.

“It was nice because you got to see a lot of families go through it together, and help each other solve the riddles,” said Library Director Victoria Silva.

With school starting, the library has put programming on hiatus for August, but Silva and Talley said early development and teen programming will return in September, starting with a new anime club and an anime-themed art contest.

The art contest is open to youths 12-17 years old, and submissions are due to the library by Sept. 1.