Summer reading program at Sparta library

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It's an exciting time this year for the 2017 Teague Library's Summer Reading Program! The camp will start at 2 p.m. June 19, and a stage presentation will be made at the camp's conclusion. Then log the books or pages you've read online, and come in to the library to claim your prizes. She said past year, 7,200 children and 1,800 teens participated in one or more of the numerous programs offered by the library system at all five of its branches.

In a letter sent out to schools, SPL notes the SRP can help prevent the "summer slide" - learning loss that occurs when children do not engage in educational activities during the summer months, and even accelerate reading growth during the summer months. Chalmette Movies passes to see the 30 anniversary showing of the "Chipmunk Adventure" will be given out to those registering between May 31 and June 14.

Summer reading isn't just for the little kids.

There will be Story Time for early literacy, Monday programs for elementary ages and Tuesday art programs for ages 10 to 15.

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Also in June, the Baton Rouge Playmakers will present programs at the branches that teach what it takes to create a more positive society.

Funding for the popular Fridays with the Arts series comes from a grant by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs and donations by Arlette and Wayne Nunez with Shell Oil's Matching Funds Program as well as the Lemonade Day Kids of St. Bernard. In addition to sign up and final prizes, you can get entries for weekly drawings-the more you visit the library the more possible prizes you can win.

The Read Off Your Fines campaign targets children and young adult library card holders, ages 17 and younger, who owe overdue fines on their library card. Older readers will receive McDonald's coupons and a magnetic bookmark, while supplies last.

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