The Pickaway County Library has nominated Moriah Ewen and Lily Snyder for the Read On! Ohio Award for Children & Teens. The award recognizes K-12 students who are enthusiastic readers and who enjoy being in the library and using its many services.
Moriah Ewen is the 15-year-old daughter of Jon & Rachel Ewen of Kingston. Moriah has six younger siblings and many foster siblings with whom she enjoys reading and helping learn to read. Her family enjoys weekly trips to the library to select materials.
While selecting books for her homeschool assignments, Moriah also reads about cooking, current events, world geography, horticulture, faith, and religion. For pleasure, she reads juvenile and teen fiction. In her spare time, she loves to write fantasy short stories with science fiction themes including futuristic inventions that change the world. This fall Moriah will be a junior and will be starting some college classes.
Lily Snyder is the 6-year-old daughter of Jon & Raelynn Snyder of Circleville. She is a kindergartener at Circleville Elementary. A love for literature has been ingrained in Lily since her birth, and she loves reading to her 4-year-old sister, Lottie.
Reading books that help her learn about everyday things, such as nature, crafting, or baking is Lily’s passion. When she finds a book she really enjoys, she shows it to everyone with hopes that they will enjoy it, too. She can often be found on her bed captivated by the book she is reading. Books are always kept in the vehicle so when it is travel time, Lily has something to read.
“I have really enjoyed watching these girls grow and mature as readers,” says Sharon Edgington, youth services manager for the Pickaway County Library. “Both girls’ families have instilled in them a love of reading which has expanded their imaginations.”
Edgington also said that both girls enjoy participating in the library’s summer reading program where they always surpass the reading goal. Both families visit the library on a regular basis.
The Ohio Educational Library Media Association is an organization dedicated to professional development, student literacy and achievement, and technological excellence. The Read On! Ohio award is judged on the nominees’ enthusiasm for reading and sharing books with others, reading books for a variety of purposes on a voluntary basis and frequent use of the school and/or public library. This is the first year public library workers have been eligible to nominate individuals.