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Woody, the Kentucky Wiener dog is back. And starting today, children in Campbellsville and Taylor County can follow along through 10 weeks of his adventures - and misadventures.
This time, Woody is playing detective in "Canine Secret Investigator." The 10-week serial story begins today and will be featured each Thursday in the Central Kentucky News-Journal.
The story marks the seventh in a newspaper series written by Kentucky author Leigh Anne Florence. Lexington native Paul Brett Johnson provides an illustration for each chapter.
In addition, there will be scrapbooks available to use for clipping and pasting each week's installment. When the series is over, those who have collected each chapter will have an entire book at no cost.
Many families can't afford to buy their children books of their own. But through our story series, all children who participate will have a book of their very own to keep.
However, this project is only a small step in the larger effort to teach children the fun in reading for pleasure.
Becoming an engaged, lifelong reader is a learned skill. It takes practice, yet it reaps tremendous rewards. Believe it or not, half of Americans don't read for pleasure. They can read, but they say they don't like to or that they are too busy.
With these dismal numbers, it's all the more important to encourage children's interest in reading. At such a tender age, not many are interested in news or events that don't affect them. But if we can catch their attention when they're young, we hope that in time they'll become lifelong readers.
The Central Kentucky News-Journal, along with other newspapers across the state, believes it's important to encourage young people to read simply for the fun of it. That's why we participate in the statewide reading project each year.
It's all about encouraging students, families and teachers to read together ... just for the fun of it.