VAN WERT – Another year of Read One wrapped up at the end of October and this year’s totals have broken a reading record for the second year in a row with 9,800 books read, up from 2017’s 2,431 books.

“Each year more and more people participate,” said Times Bulletin News Editor Kirsten Barnhart. “Last year I asked teachers from each school to participate. This year, more teachers and principals got involved had their classes submit books.”

Because schools encourage reading through the Accelerated Reader program, many students were able to easily track what books they read through their AR quizzes.

Between Crestview, Van Wert, and Lincolnview 9,730 books were read.

“It’s great to see the youth in our community reading so many books,” said Barnhart. “Education, crime, and poverty are all directly correlated with each other. By encouraging our students to read, we are setting them up for a better, brighter future.”

Approximately one in five U.S. adults (21 percent) cannot read above the fourth-grade level and are considered functionally illiterate. Illiteracy also translates to a higher likelihood of needing food stamps or earning below the poverty level. A person who is functionally illiterate is also more likely to end up in jail or be on welfare.

Once again the Brumback Library also participated by allowing The Times Bulletin to set up a box so that library patrons could submit titles.

The Read One Program began in 2011. That year 49 titles were submitted. Almost every year after, the program grew.

In 2012, 114 book titles were submitted. The program saw a jump again in 2013 with 130 titles submitted that year. In 2014 those numbers leaped to 652 total books and 516 various titles. A total of 702 books were read with 546 different titles in 2015. In 2016, the Read One Program saw a decline in books with 121 readers participating, and 119 titles read. In 2017, however, book submissions leaped again when schools began to participate with 2,431 books read in 2017.

“Going from 49 books to 9,800 is incredible,” said Barnhart. “The Times Bulletin would like to thank each person who participates each year and the schools for encouraging so much reading.”

Some of the titles read by those who submitted titles at the Brumback Library include:

The Reckoning by John Grisham

The Dead Town by Dean Koontz

Lonestar Homecoming by Colleen Coble

Lonestar Secrets by Colleen Coble

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

Distant Echoes by Colleen Coble

Educated by Tara Westover

The Girl With Seven Names by Henseyo Lee

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

In Pieces by Sall Field

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

Passing Of The Two Armies by Joshua Chamberlain

Obsessed by Ted Dekker

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Apple Stuffed Alibis by Jessica Beek

Bring Me Back by BA Paris

Broken Road by Richard Paul Evans

Resurrection Row by Anne Perry

Calypso by David Sedaris

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

A Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg

Silver Anniversary Murder by Leslie Meier

Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis

Daring To Hope by Katie Davis Major

Special Deliver by Danielle Steel

H.R.H by Danielle Steel

Family Album by Danielle Steel

Charade by Sandra Brown

Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann

Beyond Recognition by Ridley Pearson

Blue Smoke And Murder by Elizabeth Lowell

Dauntless by Barrett Tileman

Conflict Of Interest by Les Whitten

The Next Person You Meet by Heaven-Mitch Albom

Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr

Cherry by Mary Karr

Assault And Beret by Jenn McKinley

Comic Sands Murder by Paige Shelton

Forever Fudge by Nancy Coco

Alex Rider: Storm Breaker by Anthoney Horowitz

Bluegate Fields by Anne Perry

Paragon Walk by Anne Perry

Four Funerals And Maybe A Wedding by Janet Quin-Harkin

Ambush by James Patterson

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult

Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinley

Letters In The Attic by DeAnna Julie Dodson