Ten-year-old Kate Naramore doesn't care what's on the tube because what's in her head is more entertaining.
Like the rest of her Grant School classmates, Kate loves to read. Reading is so popular at the small school that for the third time in the past four years, Grant had the highest percentage of participation in the Lawrence Public Library's summer reading program.
Forty-two percent of the school's 67 students read 20 or more books last summer, winning the Jayhawk trophy.
Kate was one of the 28 students who whizzed through books all summer.
"I've liked reading ever since kindergarten," Kate said. "It's better than TV. I can make up my own stories with books. I like making up my own pictures and using my imagination."
As part of the celebration of their award, Grant students got a special treat Thursday when Lawrence Mayor Bob Moody read O. Henry's "The Ransom of Red Chief" to them, complete with theatrical voice.
Like Kate, Grant sixth-grader Andrew Trent, 11, said he prefers his imagination.
"I just like to read pretty much anything because you learn stuff, and it's better than sitting in front of the TV where you don't necessarily get the same knowledge you get out of a book."
But even avid readers have to have some light stuff.
"Occasionally," Kate admitted, "I like a comic book or two."