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FAIRMONT -

The Marion County Library took on a challenge to celebrate West Virginia's 150th birthday.

It took part in the state-wide West Virginia Reads 150 program.

The program encouraged people to read 150 books between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31. They could do this in teams of 15 people or on their own.

Library staff said they were surprised at how many people stuck with it through the year.

"We had a very large participation and we were very happy with that," said Michelle Ross, Marion County Public Library. "We had a lot of family teams, a lot of book clubs joined as teams. We even had boy scouts and schools participate as well."

The library will announce the winners of the challenge next week.

Their prize will be West Virginia themed gifts.

Library staff said the program was so popular, it has kicked off the West Virginia Reads 150 Plus program.

It has the same idea, but the rules are a little more flexible and a participant must read more than 150 books.

Additional details on the West Virginia Reads 150 Plus program will be released next week.

Contact the Marion County Public Library for additional information at (304)366-1210.