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Summer reading fun for all ages

5/30/2014, 6 a.m.
Big Thinkers Science Camp will offer fun science experiments and demonstrations at the kickoff of DeKalb County Library’s Vacation Reading Program.

When school is out, kids who love to read flock to the library and, as always, the Vacation Reading Program is packed with lots to read and do.

The annual program, which continues its kickoff on May 31 with a Big Thinkers Science event at the Decatur Library, runs through July 31 for babies, children, teens and adults.

The 10 a.m. event at the library at 215 Sycamore St. in downtown Decatur will feature fun science experiments, craft making and photo opportunities with the library’s mascot, Dog in the Woods.

Kitty Wilson, library operations coordinator, says that encouraging children to read during the summer offers benefits beyond giving them a productive way to spend free time.

“Studies show that reading just a few books over the summer months can help your school-age children maintain their reading levels so they don’t fall behind in reading when school resumes,” she said.

For more information, visit your local branch or dekalblibrary.org. For children, click “Kids,” then “VRP.” For teens, click “Teens,” then “Spark a Reaction.”

Families can find hundreds of free programs at the library during the summer, including story times, science and nature activities, book discussion groups, crafts, music, and movies. Pick up a schedule at your local branch or visit dekalblibrary.org.