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Summer reading program continues

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Calen McKinney

reporter@cknj.com

From a magician to exotic animals to snow cones, this year's summer reading program offers a variety of events for children, teens and adults.

The library's "Dream Big ... READ!" summer reading program kicked off Monday, June 4, with registration and ends with a blowout event on July 10.

Library Programmer Bonnie Webster said about 600 children participate in the program each summer. This year, Webster said, the library has spoken to both public school systems and several daycares to promote the program.

"We don't know what we're expecting," she said.

The library has offered the program each summer since 1978.

The library will host Monday Movie Matinees, continuing through the end of July.

Summer reading program participants will walk in the Campbellsville/Taylor County Fourth of July Celebration's Children's Parade on July 3 at 6 p.m.

Teen events continue on July 7 with a game day at the library from 1 to 4 p.m.

The final event of the summer reading program is planned for July 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. There will be inflatables, snow cones and a contest.

"We're gonna see who can get the wettest, the librarians or the kids," Webster said.

Story hour will begin again on July 5 and continue on July 12, 19 and 26 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day.

Webster said Citizen's Bank & Trust and Co. and Taylor/Green Family Childhood Council have been a crucial part of reading program by sponsoring events. She said the library also received a $500 grant from the state to use toward the cost of the final program of the summer. This year's Distinguished Young Women contestants will again help with the programs.

The library is also offering summer reading programs for adults this year. Those who want to participate should call the library. Adults who read books and then review them can receive chances to win a Kindle.

Webster says the reading program is important because it keeps students learning while they are out of school for summer break.

"If they don't keep going, they'll lose what they learned during the year," she said. "If they'll read just 20 minutes a day, they can keep their reading level."

If they read for more than 20 minutes, she said, children can actually improve their reading level.

Webster said the program also allows participants to meet with their friends and make new ones.

"And, too, it's a good time to come in and see what your public library has to offer," she said.

"Things are happening down here," Webster said. "We're very, very excited. We've got a lot of stuff going on."

For more information about the summer reading program, call 465-2562.