HEBER — While most kids spent their summer vacations playing with friends, watching television and sleeping in late, a group of students here racked up some 200 hours on an activity not often associated with kids' summer breaks.
A party complete with cake and balloons marked the end of Heber's first summer reading program at the local branch of the Imperial County Free Library.
"I read a lot," said Nicole Theobald, 10.
Nicole, who lives in La Mesa, has been visiting her grandmother in Heber this summer and playing with her friend Tania Perdomo, 10, of Heber.
Nicole said she and Tania came to the library one day "and it was fun and it just got funner."
One book the girls particularly enjoyed was Debbie Dadey's "Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots," the story of a group of kids who discover their teacher is a vampire. With the help of a book from their local library, the kids learn to use garlic and crosses to rid themselves of their evil teacher, Nicole explained.