Supervisor Barney: Be sure to sign up for library summer reading program

Denny Barney represents District 1 on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. (Courtesy of Maricopa County)

Denny Barney represents District 1 on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. (Courtesy of Maricopa County)


A month after Maricopa County kicked off its summer reading program, nearly 65,000 people have already registered to participate. We are proud of all of our readers for signing up for the summer reading program. Don’t forget to log your minutes so you can earn points for a free book.

If a parent or sibling reads to a child – or a child reads to others – that counts too. And you don’t have to just read books – it can be magazines, online articles, even information on a cereal box.

More than 2,200 people have taken on my reading challenge. Are you up for it?

Through Aug. 1, participants can log their summer reading activities to earn points toward a free Chipotle meal at 500 points (while supplies last) and a free book of their choice from an online marketplace at 1,000 points.

Participants can earn points for reading (one minute = one point), for attending library events, completing online challenges and for participating in community experiences.

You can also earn badges for these activities. Why not have a healthy competition with family and friends to see who can log the most time this summer?

For more information, events to attend and to register, visit

And for those of you hesitant to face library fines, Food for Fines is back.

•The library will waive $2 in overdue fines and fees for every item donated.

•Program runs Friday, July 15 to Saturday, July 23.

•Donate non-perishable, non-expired food items.

•Up to $50 in fines and fees can be waived.

•Your donation will go our local community food banks.

Come visit your local Maricopa County Library District branch today.

Denny Barney
District 1
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Editor’s note: The Queen Creek Branch Library is at 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. Its phone number is 602-652-3000. Its hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. It is closed on Sunday. For more information, visit

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