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Breaking out the books: Library gears up for summer programs

Photo by Nate McCullough

Photo by Nate McCullough

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Library is welcoming children of all ages to come to the library for some reading and a little fun over the next couple of months.

The library recently kicked off its summer reading program.

From now until July 24, infants to high schoolers can register and keep a reading log, which is available in the children's department at the library. Parents or older children can read to younger learners.

They can read books, magazines, newspapers and any other print material at the library, their homes or on a family vacation.

"Whatever they want to read," said Carol Durusau, Children's Services manager at the library.

Most importantly, she said children should choose to read books that they enjoy.

"Reading is fun," she said. "There is lots of fun stuff to read. ... It shouldn't be a chore or hard work."

This summer, like last year, each child sets their own reading goal for how much they want to read during the summer. When they reach the goal, they will turn in their reading log at the library to receive a certificate and a paperback book of their choice.

They also will be entered into a drawing to receive a gift certificate at the end of the summer.

"When kids read during the summer months, they maintain their reading skills so they don't fall behind when they go back to school," Durusau said.

They have until July 24 to complete their summer reading logs.

Also this summer, children are invited to various summer activities at the library.

The library holds Spectacular Summer Shows from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays for children ages 5 to 10 years old. Also, Thursdays in July, children ages 5 to 10 can register for DIY with Carol from 11 a.m. to noon to make crafts.

Several other club meetings and workshops also are held over the summer for younger children and teens.

More information about the Children's Department is available by calling 770-385-6444. The main number to the library, which is located at library is located at 7116 Floyd St. in Covington, is 770-787-3231, and its website is www.newton.public.lib.ga.us.