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Summer reading program offered

The Douglas County Library in Alexandria will kick off its summer reading program on Monday, June 9, and it will run through Thursday, July 31. This year’s theme is “Paws to Read.”

The Douglas County Library will offer a variety of programs for all ages including a visit by the Minnesota Zoomobile, music from The Roe Family Singers, as well as other music and magic performers.

In addition to weekly family, tween and children’s programming, visitors can stop by the children’s desk every week for a new prize.

The library will also introduce Reading Wildly: 1,000 Books before Kindergarten, a new early literacy initiative geared toward children age birth through 6. The goal is to get parents to read to their children.

Author Mem Fox said that “children need to hear a thousand stories read aloud before they begin to learn to read for themselves.”

This is an ongoing, year-round program, so parents and caregivers are welcome to sign children up in the fall as well as the summer.

The Target Corporation provided a start-up grant for the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program. The Douglas County Friends of the Library has also played a key factor in the program’s creation.