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Maryville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Begins
“Build a Better World,” Maryville Public Library’s summer reading program, begins May 30. Children infant to 18 can sign up that day or any time throughout the program, which ends Saturday, July 29.
Participants read to earn prizes that include gift certificates and coupons to local businesses. Incentives are provided by the Maryville Pride Lions Club, Maryville Parks and Recreation and local restaurants.
In addition to the regular reading program, the library is also hosting a Librarian’s Challenge that includes brief daily math challenges to keep math skills strong during the summer. The challenge will also encourage participants to get outside, move and explore their community.
Studies have shown students who read throughout the summer can prevent the “summer slide,” during which they may lose reading ability, and increase their reading level.
Throughout the summer, the library will host several events, including a pop-up library in the park complete with s’mores and Nerf guns. Event times and dates will be available at the library and on the library’s Facebook page.
Participants must have an individual or family library card. To apply, bring a form of ID and two items with your name and current address to the library. Cards are free for those who live within the city limits. For those outside the city limits, there is a $38 non-resident fee. The library also has a limited supply of free limited-use children’s cards available. Call the library at 582-5281 for details.