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Love of reading lasts a lifetime

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The ability to read is considered a foundation skill because almost all other learning flows from being able to absorb information through the written word.

Recreational reading — reading for the fun of it — is something of an acquired taste, but once acquired, generally in childhood, it stays with one for a lifetime. Being able to pick up a book (or these days a Kindle or similar device) and enter the world painted for us by an author is a priceless gift.

The Grant County Public Library is again offering a summer reading program that is aimed at enhancing reading opportunities for all age groups.

The kickoff was held last Saturday, but it’s not too late to sign up to participate in the many and varied programs planned this summer.

For the young readers, there are programs on geology, poetry, worms and dirt. For teens, there is a session on the art of cartooning. For older teens and adults, there will be a magic show.

There’s also the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for prizes including gift cards to local businesses and for a Barnes and Noble Nook HD and all you have to do is keep a reading log (Log is available at www.grantlib.org.)

Promoting reading as a family event helps send the message that reading is important. The summer reading program is also a good way to keep students connected to learning and having fun while away from the classroom. 

All of these summer reading events and programs are offered to citizens at no charge. Only a library card is needed. If you or family members do not have a card, this is a great time to get one and start taking advantage to one of Grant County’s most valuable resources.

In addition, the Grant County Public Library has partnered with the Grant County School District Food Service program and is offering free lunch at the library from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 9. Adults meals are also available for $2.

The summer reading program usually involves fun ways to connect children, teens and adults to reading, but the library offers year-round programs geared to gamers, hobbyists, collectors, crafters, cooks, gardeners, photographers, etc.

A weekly calendar of events can be found in the Grant County News and a complete listing of library activies is available online at www.grantlib.org.

The library also offers The Library Express where you can request books that are delivered to Grant County Deposit Bank in Crittenden and Corinth.

For more information, call 859-824-2080.

But if you are in Williamstown, check out the library at 201 Barnes Road, you’ll be amazed at what’s available.

 

(Editorials published in the Grant County News are the collective opinion of the (editorial) news staff.)