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Library's Summer Reading Program Crosses Finsh Line

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Children watch spraypaint artist Cosmo at the opening event of the summer reading program.

The Ouachita Parish Public Library brings its summer reading program to a close on Saturday, August 6 with the final "Read Strong" event. All branches throughout the parish are included, as well as Kiroli Park and Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo.

Eileen Kontrovitz explains that as part of a national program, the summer reading challenges respond to lower levels of reading activity over the summer for most students. The program also seeks to promote more reading in general by both children and adults.

"Reading takes you to different places, lets you travel, use your imagination and keeps your mind sharp. It's just a wonderful thing." says Kontrovitz.

The program began this year with the Library's "Summerfest," in may.  Over two thousand participants have logged in pages. The library's goal is 100,000 pages read in honor of the Library's one hundredth birthday celebration later this year.

To participate in the Read Strong event, participants can go to any location of the library and log the pages read this summer. The event also features other activities for families.

More information is available on the Ouachita Parish Public Library's website or its Facebook page.

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