Special to the Times Vedette

Mary J Barnett Memorial Library launches its Read, Renew, Repeat summer reading program during the month of June. During June, the library will host a range of free activities for children to encourage and support a love of reading. Participants can win prizes for reaching their reading goals.

“We’ve planned a wonderful program for kids to make the library a great place to read, learn, and discover what’s available for their enjoyment,” said Library Director Jerri Hawkins. “Karen, Cass, Ava and I are planning some exciting programs and creation stations.” 

There’s also a serious side to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss.

“Studies also indicate students who read recreationally outperformed those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests,” Hawkins added. “Our library is committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families.”

Registration is now open and continues through the first part of June. To learn more about the summer reading adventure at the library, call 641-747-8110 or check out the library’s website www.guthriecenter.lib.ia.us.