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Opinion

Moriarity: Paws to Read and summer reading benefits from the La Grange Park library

Many parents want their children to continue reading and coming to the library over the summer to keep them busy with fun activities. But, beyond the fun, public library summer reading programs also give kids an advantage when they go back to school in the fall! 

A study conducted by Dominican University found that students who participated in a public library summer reading program showed more improvement on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those who were not involved. 

This summer, the La Grange Park Public Library's Paws to Read theme will include great incentives for reading, story times and craft programs. Other popular programs include Read to the Dogs, Book Buddies and Safe Sitter babysitter training courses. 

Registration for the reading program will began on Monday, and our story times and age-group programs begin the week of June 16.  

Kids going into sixth grade and up can apply to volunteer for the summer program by picking up an application at the Children's Desk. Details are available in the Children's Services department.

Cindy Moriarity is the Children's Department director at the La Grange Park Public Library

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