Readers Win Awards

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas with award winners DaVonna Fletcher and Bre ‘Auchinae Crocket

DaVonna Fletcher spends most days after school at the AC Bilbrew Library in Willowbrook. A math honors student and member of the school choir at the Inner City Education Foundation School, she was encouraged by her favorite librarian “Miss Daria,” to enter the 34th annual County of Los Angeles Public Library Annual Bookmark Contest. To her surprise, she won.

“I’m grateful to her for encouraging me to read,” said Fletcher, who is 12, and whose bookmark was decorated with spaceships, jungle leaves and flowers to convey the contest’s theme of “Read, Seek and Explore.”

Fletcher, who is in the 7th grade, was one of four winners from the Second District. A total of 24 students were selected countywide for the annual bookmark competition, which is meant to inspire generations of young readers to delve into the rich stories that books offer.

More than 7,000 children throughout the county submitted their work to be selected, and the chosen bookmarks will be professionally printed for library patrons to use.

Bre ‘Auchinae Crockett, 7, created her bookmark at the Woodcrest Public Library, where she also spends most school day afternoons. As a student at Woodcrest Elementary School, she loves to study art but also loves to cozy up with books, including her favorite — Chrysanthemum by Ken Henkes. When she is not reading, she dreams of becoming a police officer.

Two other winners from the Second District, Jeffrey Hata from the Mayme Dear Library in Gardena and Romi Elaine Avelino from the Carson Library, unfortunately were unable to attend the ceremony at the Board of Supervisors .

“Reading is the key to success,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “These youngsters’ lives are enriched every time they visit our libraries and open a book. I commend them for their efforts and love of learning.”