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Kurth Memorial Library kicks off summer reading program

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Students have cleared out of school for summer but library officials are hoping to encourage them to continue reading while on their break.

 "A part of the library our goal is to foster literacy in the community and that's reading," said Lorraine Simoneau, Library Director.

Saturday the Kurth Memorial Library hosted their summer reading kick-off and officials says during summer the library is the place to be.

 "They can read any book that they want there are certain activities during the week but it's not something they have to attend we have a program pretty much every day of the week," said Simoneau.

Throughout the summer the library will host activities such as craft days, chemistry shows and even board game tournaments

Library Director Lorriane Simoneau says the goal is to keep kids around books during their summer vacation.

 "They can win prizes, the whole point of our summer reading program is to get the kids in here reading during the summer," said Simoneau.

 "Kids lose some of their knowledge during the summer if they don't read and it encourages reading," said Cindy McMullen, Genealogy Department.

Kids from ages one to 17 can participate in the program and library officials say by the end of the summer students will be better prepared when they return to their classrooms.

 "Reading it helps you in every subject, so when you win a prize that's encouragement and gives you an incentive to read," said McMullen.

And officials hope the habit of reading year round will spark a lifelong love of learning.

 The program started Saturday and will continue until August 5th.

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