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Library activities in south Fulton branches around the corner
by Nneka Okona
May 15, 2013 09:10 AM | 1005 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While summer, for many, may conjure up thoughts of bathing suits, beach vacations, barbecue and mosquito bites, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System has much more in store for both children and teens — exploring the world through books and activities.

Summer reading activities will kick off at branch locations throughout south Fulton on June 1 and will run through Aug. 1.

For children, this year’s theme is Dig into Reading and for teens, the theme is Beneath the Surface.

Kelly Robinson, the system’s spokeswoman, said last year, more than 17,000 children and teens participated in the program, attendance levels she hopes will be repeated and exceeded this year.

“Each branch brings new and exciting programs and events to its community each year depending on the theme of the summer reading program,” she said. “This will be our second year having Zoo Atlanta’s ZooMobile come to many of our branches. It was so popular for children and families that we are excited that the partnership is continuing another year.”

Robinson said aside from the interaction children can receive with other children their age and participating in various activities, the summer reading program is vital because it keeps brains active during the lull of the summer months.

“Bringing children to the library is important year-round as it helps with reading skills and schoolwork, but the summer is especially important as numerous studies have demonstrated that students who read during the summer retain their academic skills over the break,” she said. “[Children who read during the summer also] are better prepared to go back to the challenges of the next school year.”

Mary Clarendon Inman, a children’s librarian at the Hapeville branch, said the summer reading program is also important for another reason.

“We just like to show children that reading can be fun,” she said. “We tie in activities that demonstrate that reading is not only important and good for your mind but it can be a fun activity to share with family and friends as well.”

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