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Ouachita Parish Public Library offers 76th Annual Summer Reading Challenge

The Ouachita Parish Public Library is hosting its 76th annual summer reading challenge, a reading initiative with traditions dating back to 1947. What began as a reading club for children has evolved into a month-long, themed celebration for all ages. Children, teens, and adults receive enjoyable incentives for reading and completing community challenges.

Sterlington branch manager Clair Ronae says, "You will not go home empty handed, once you make the 1500 pages for teens and adults or the750 pages for kids you are entered to win the grand prize.".

The challenge runs from June 1st to July 31st. Applications for a free library card can be completed at any of the 10 Ouachita Parish Library Branches. All ages are eligible to participate in the challenge. Prizes for children aged 12 and under include backpacks, coloring sheets, and pencils. Teen prizes include a tumbler with vinyl stickers, while other grand prizes include a Nintendo Switch, a luggage set, or a picnic in the park.

Categories are grouped by participant age range and number of pages read:

· Ages 12 and under (750 pages)

· 13-18 (1000 pages)

· 18+ (1500 pages)

The summer reading challenge is available at any of the parish's 10 branches or through the Book Mobile. For more information, visit

A native of West Monroe, Lexi is a junior at the University of Louisiana Monroe where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in communications.