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Kids Celebrate the End of the Summer Reading Season at Joplin Library

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Kids and parents mark the end of the summer reading season with a celebration at the Joplin Public Library.

Children played carnival games and decorated paper masks, as part of the super hero theme for this year's National Library Collaborative Reading program.

About six hundred kids from Joplin participated this year, up more than a hundred from last year.

Children's Librarian Jeanna Gockley says keeping kids reading over the summer is important to set them up for success once school starts

"If they don't read during the summertime. There are studies that have proven that they will lose one or two months of their education during the summertime. If they don't keep reading. So it's just really, really important. And the library is a great place to do it. We offer a lot of fun stuff for people,” says Gockley.

Children were challenged to read or listen for six hours and complete six activities in exchange for a free book from the library, keeping track of their progress on a game board along the way.

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