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‘Build a Better World’ with library’s summer reading program

The staff of First Regional Library is looking forward to another summer of reading, books, and fun with the 2017 Summer Reading Program, “Build a Better World.” The program officially kicks off June 1st.

“Last year, over 21,000 readers of all ages participated in the program throughout DeSoto, Lafayette, Panola, Tate, and Tunica Counties,” said David Brown, FRL’s Public Relations Specialist. “Our numbers grow every year, so we are anticipating more people to register this summer.”

Each of the fourteen branches of First Regional Library will offer free books, prizes, and events during the summer. Online registration is available now.

“We give a new book to anyone from birth to 18 who signs up for SRP,” said Victoria Penny, FRL’s Youth Services Coordinator. “We obtain these books through donations, grants, and deals with publishers. When a reader completes the summer challenge–reading 20 minutes a day for 20 days–he or she earns a nice backpack.”

Penny explained that while the library does have great programs and prizes during the summer, the main goal is to keep kids reading.

“It’s a fact that students who read during the summer maintain or improve their reading level. That can stop the ‘Summer Slide’ and helps them be ready for a new year of school.”

The library is offering online registration for the second year, through the BEANSTACK online service.

To register and find out more about how to participate in “Build a Better World,” visit First Regional Library at www.firstregional.org.