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Get on your mark, get set, READ!

And, the race is on! Not the 2016 Summer Olympics that will take place this year but just as important—summer reading for children.

The Prentiss Headlight—Those who attended the first Summer Reading program at Bassfield were treated to interact with animals from the Hattiesburg Zoo.

The Prentiss Headlight—Those who attended the first Summer Reading program at Bassfield were treated to interact with animals from the Hattiesburg Zoo.

Bassfield Library Branch Manager Jackie Miller explained the theme and competition aspects of the summer program presented by the South Mississippi Regional Library System.

“It’s a race to the finish,” states Miller. “Children who read 25 books this summer will receive a Gold Medal and a free book, those reading 15 books get a Silver Medal and a free book and those who read 10 books get a Bronze Medal and a free book.”

Along with encouragement to keep up reading skills summer fun activities at the library included a visit from Hattiesburg Zoo employee Amy who brought BonBon the rabbit, Irwin the baby alligator, a Chinchilla  and a Bearded Dragon  for fun interactive learning.

Future events include learning vintage games, nutrition for a healthy summer and, of course, the ever popular “wet-down” and watermelon eating.

“Public school and home-schooled children alike will benefit from our summer reading program,” states Miller.

“We want to especially express our gratitude to our sponsors this year–Farm Bureau, NAPA of Bassfield, Bassfield Service Center and Southern Pine for helping us present this program to our children.”

Activities (for ages 3-11) at the Bassfield Library in June are Family Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Fun Day Wednesdays, July 6 and 13. YA Friday (for kids 12 and older) June 17 at 10 a.m.

Activities (for ages 3-11) at the Prentiss Library in June are Family Tuesdays and Fun Day Tuesdays July 5 and 12 at 2 p.m. and YA Fridays (for kids 12 and older) June 10 and 24 at 10 a.m.

Bring your children to these well-planned, fun educational programs at your local library and help them be Reading Champions!