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A 13-year-old Pendleton Public Library patron read the most pages at the local library during a competition against other libraries.
Laura Ogle read a total of 21,638 pages, beating out other Pendleton competitors, which included adults. However, the teen’s effort wasn’t enough to help Pendleton unseat Harney County/Lake County in the annual Million Page Challenge. After a six-week battle, Pendleton Public Library placed second.
Each February, Pendleton competes against Harney County, Lake County and Hood River Library in an effort to see whose library patrons can read the most pages. This year, Pendleton bookworms read 556,555 pages, losing to Harney/Lake Counties, who totaled 851,861. Hood River’s total page count was 268,012.
To provide incentives, the library opted to award its top 10 readers with gift cards and certificates.
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