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Librarians stress importance of summer reading

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MURPHYSBORO -- Groups around southern Illinois are working to get young children excited about reading this summer. Sallie Logan Public Library is part of that group. A librarian there, shares tips on how to encourage your children to keep up with reading. 

"You should always make time, at least half an hour day, at least. I think that's pretty reasonable," said Loretta Broomfield.   

Broomfield serves as the library director at the Sallie Logan Public Library in Murphysboro. With school being out, she encourages consistent reading to prevent summer reading loss. 

"There have been a lot of studies on that, when kids start school after the summer, if they don't read, that they've regressed so that just kind of helps them keep their reading skills up," said Broomfield. 

She says there are different ways you can get children more engaged in reading, like reading challenges.

"Example, read a book with a purple cover or read a book that has your name in the title or the main character in the book is the same as yours. Read a book that was written in the year that you were born, so just come up with fun lists like that," said Broomfield. 

The Sallie Logan Public Library will offer free programs on Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's this summer. Broomfield says you don't have to be a library card holder to participate.

"It is important, not only in the summer, but all the time. Especially over the summer to make it easier for the teacher and the students once school starts in the fall," said Broomfield. 

The Sallie Logan Public Library recently received a $1,500 grant that will help them purchase new books.

June 22nd is the last day to sign children up for the reading program. 

There will also be a celebration for students who read their way through the summer on July 25th.

For more information visit the library's website

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