Programs dig into reading

Staff writer

Marion City Library got children acquainted with reading by getting them dirty this summer.

With a theme of digging into reading, children read books like “Dirty Gert,” ate rock candy and dino bones, and made volcanoes and worm farms for the past five weeks.

Librarian Janet Marler said the goal was to get the make the library become an important and fun place.

“If you catch them at this age, it’ll be easier to keep them in the library,” Marler said. “I’m glad the kids are reading, and I hope they continue.”

Lisa Wesner, a former teacher, said the story time helped her children expand what they were reading.

“They already love to read, so it helps them find more books,” she said.

Story time participants were preschoolers and children ages 6 to 9.

The library also does a summer reading program for preschoolers through eighth-graders, in which children get prizes for how many pages they read.

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