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Library: Golden Ticket contest winners

Lincoln Elementary Principal Matt Stovall, at left, dressed as Willie Wonka during his visit to the Kingsburg Branch Library for the community read program, Kingsburg Reads One Book. Aside from all the school district’s activities regarding the book, the library hosted its own contest and awarded Mckinsey Osten, at bottom center, a basket and candy bar prize while Surpreet Bhullar, top center, and Morgan Vitz, at right, won gift bags.

KINGSBURG – The Kingsburg Branch Library took part in the city-wide Kingsburg Reads One Book program where “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was read by school children and grown-ups alike. They conducted their own contest and the winners of their Golden Ticket contest have been announced. Mckinsey Osten won the basket and candy bar while the gift bag winners were Surpreet Bhullar and Morgan Vitz.

Senior Library Assistant Shonda Graham said since one of the goals of the reading program was to take a picture of yourself with a ‘Golden Ticket,’ there were many visitors to the library that month. The library had their own large display and the hunt for the Golden Tickets brought in hundreds of extra visitors.

“The whole city has been into the library in the past month looking for our Golden Ticket,” Graham said. “It was the candy bar, of course, so when the kids found the Golden Ticket, they received a sweet treat.”

The Friends of the Kingsburg Branch Library also donated a 15-pound basket of candy, a one-pound chocolate candy bar and three- and five-pound gift bags with candy and other goodies to raffle at the end of the program.

In order to get a Golden Ticket contest entry for the basket, students had to answer a question correctly from the questionnaire that was handed out by the Kingsburg Elementary School District staff organizing the community read.

“They could come in and answer a question for a chance for a golden raffle ticket once a day until the program ended,” Graham said.

The drawing took place during the second week of November and Graham described it as a “huge success” as there were 419 raffle entries.

“It was really busy here, but it was a very sweet time at the Kingsburg Branch Library. We handed out more than 150 pounds of candy in the month of October. We even had Willie Wonka stop in to visit.”

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