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Madison County libraries’ summer reading program

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body,” – Joseph Addison.

The libraries in Madison County (which are under the Suwannee River Regional Library System) invite the children of the Madison community to take part in their 2016 Summer Reading Program.

The kickoff event for the program will be held on Monday, June 6 at 2:30 p.m.

The goal of the program is to encourage children to read every day, even while out of school.

Each week, youth will be given a bookmark to use to check off the days that they read and at the end of the week, the bookmarks can be turned in and entered into a drawing for a prize.

Additional incentives and prizes will be given away each week to encourage youth to keep reading all summer long.

The Florida Library Youth Program is set to encourage children and teens to use library resources.

The ability to read and the love of literature is one of the most important factors that ultimately can influence the success of a young person’s life.

“We endeavor to help youth develop a love of reading through fun literature experiences that expand [a child’s] knowledge of the world as well as enhancing literacy,” said Madison Public Library manager, April Brooks, about the program. “We really want kids and adults to come out and enjoy what we have at our local library.”

In addition to the reading program, the Madison Public Library will be holding various weekly events, such as Get Set, Read, which is held every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. through 11:30 a.m.; Get in The Game With Teens, another Tuesday event, which will take place from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m.; Preschool Story Time, which is geared for a younger audience with its entertaining stories and activities, and will take place every Thursday from 10:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.; and the Record Breaking Game Days, which will be held every Thursday from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m.

All events will be held at the Madison Public Library, which is located at 378 College Loop in Madison.

Registration for the summer reading program is open now.  All youth readers are invited to register, even if they cannot attend the weekly extracurricular programs and events.

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