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Lawrence Public Library hoping to boost number of readers as it kicks off its summer program

June 4, 2011

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Summer Reading Kickoff

Rebecca Dunn, youth services library assistant, talks about Saturday's kickoff for the One World, Many Stories Summer Reading program. Dozens of local families attended the event at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Enlarge video

June Baggett, 4, was sporting her fancy glasses while coloring her boomerang during the One World, Many Stories summer reading program kickoff Saturday at the Lawrence Public Library.

June Baggett, 4, was sporting her fancy glasses while coloring her boomerang during the One World, Many Stories summer reading program kickoff Saturday at the Lawrence Public Library.

Allie Depperschmidt, 6, uses the sideways approach while coloring her boomerang during the One World, Many Stories summer reading program kickoff Saturday at the Lawrence Public Library.

Allie Depperschmidt, 6, uses the sideways approach while coloring her boomerang during the One World, Many Stories summer reading program kickoff Saturday at the Lawrence Public Library.

Lawrence Public Library kicked off its One World, Many Stories summer reading program Saturday morning with free pancakes and arts and crafts.

Dozens of Lawrence families attended the event at the library, 707 Vt., from 10 a.m. to noon. Along with the free breakfast, children made their own maracas and boomerangs. And the library hoped they’d pick up their summer reading packet as well.

“It’s all in getting the kids ready and inspired to do their summer reading,” said Rebecca Dunn, youth services library assistant.

The program runs through Aug. 22.

Participants choose 12 books to read and are awarded a certificate upon completion of the program. They also receive other perks, such as a free book and a trip to the city swimming pool.

Organizers hope to increase participation by 1,000 readers this summer. Last year, 3,500 participated.

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