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Summer reading program keeps young minds active

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - School may be out but that doesn't mean the learning has to stop for coast children. The Harrison County Library system has kicked off its summer reading program. The Orange Grove branch is working to keep young minds active.

Tales of wizards, pirates, mythical creatures and a little magic helped storytellers open the minds of children to a world of make believe.

Cheyenne Lilly said, "I think it was fun. I like where they the showed the oranges and the lemons and the bananas because I think it was surprising."

Children may have been surprised to learn they can use their imaginations to travel the world.. just by checking out books at the library.

"Because it has many books and reading is my talent," said Topanga Harris.

James Harris said, "Because it has interesting stuff and it's fun and it's just an adventure. "

The Orange Grove Library staff says studies show that children who read over the summer months do better in school in the following year. Some parents agree.

"They're going to different grades the following year and that will kind of give them a head start on reading," said Aretha Harris, a parent.

Librarians say reading is a great way for families to spend quality time.

Angie Williams oversees the library's children and youth services. "They read at home. Their parents read with them. They're supposed to read as families."

"Trying to get the families involved," said Williams. "Not just mom and dad hanging out in the den and the kids in their room reading. But it's a family thing. It's a great way for families to bond."

 The Orange Grove Library's theme this year is "Making A Splash" Librarians say they hold special programs every Wednesday at 2 p.m.

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