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Wicomico Library Adds Twist to Summer Reading

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Kids join in free arts and crafts event at the Wicomico Public Library (Photo: WBOC) Kids join in free arts and crafts event at the Wicomico Public Library (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md- The Wicomico Public Library is taking a different approach to summer reading. It has added free events and activities for children to show them that learning can be fun. 

By adding arts, crafts, and iPads to the otherwise ordinary summer reading list, they've challenged kids to think outside the box. Youth Service Manager Barbara Graham said that reading is so important to children.

"Our main purpose is to prevent the summer slide because kids need to retain what they've learned all year. We really want to keep kids reading," she said.

The reading list for children to complete can be found online this year. The library created the feature so that kids can have access to the list from home.

The theme that the public library is following this year is 'Build a Better World.' All tasks on the list have to do with the theme, such as reading a book outside or building something from recycled materials.

Once the children complete seven out of the 10 tasks, they come to the library and exchange it for a prize. If they do it a second time, they are able to take home their very own book.

"I like the library so we can read and do puppet shows and get movies," 9-year-old Cameron Ruark said.

Along with the reading lists, the library is hosting several events throughout the summer. Some include visits from magicians, reptiles, Shorebirds and even a Chincoteague pony.

"I feel a little bit excited because there's a lot of books that I can find. And I feel a little bit exploration because there's a lot of computers here. You can get on different sites and learn a lot more," 11-year-old Dasia Shreeves said.

Some of the prizes summer reading list participants can win are books, kindles and a $250 college savings plan.

"Things that a lot of kids might not be able to get to we provide here and the library and it's all free," Graham said.

Summer reading programs are also available for adults and babies. To see a calendar of all the events going on at the library this summer, click here.

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