The rewards -- and awards -- of reading

Library launches a reading `Vision'

Read any good books lately?

The Hood River County Library Foundation is looking for readers to pick out a favorite book and then pledge money anytime anyone else checks it out.

Proceeds will go to the library expansion fundraising campaign. The project is called "20-20 Vision." It starts March 2 and is open to readers of all ages.

The 20-20 Vision goal is to raise funds for the library as well as to create interest in books and provide an enriching reading experience, according to library director June Knudson.

"This is a way people can contribute to the library as well as help create a kind of community-wide book circle," Knudson said. "It will be fascinating to see what books people like to recommend to others."

Here's how 20-20 Vision works: participants sponsor a book title, for $20, and pledge to pay $1 every time the book is checked out of the GorgeLink system -- up to 20 book loans. That way, sponsors are committed to no more than $40 per book. An individual or family can sponsor a book. Children can sponsor a book for $1.

Starting March 2, go to the library and write down your name and the title of a book you love, on sheets provided at the front counter. On March 9, the Hood River News will publish the list of books and sponsors' names. The library will count each book's loans.

On or about May 1, the Hood River News will publish the "results" up to that point; the final tally will be published in the June 5 edition of the Hood River News. Sponsors will voluntarily send in their pledges.

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The Feb. 27 Kaleidoscope feature is "Beloved Books," a sampling of favorite books -- from Amazon reality to African adventure -- chosen by five Hood River County readers. Linked to this article are reviews by two of the readers.

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