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Library awarded grant to give kids free books this summer

Library awarded grant to give kids free books this summer

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About 200 children in the area will get to start a home library, thanks to a grant from the Barbara Bush Literacy Corps.

The Clara B. Mounce Public Library was awarded $3,000 from the Literacy Corps for a pilot program that is providing students at the Neal Recreation Center with four free books this summer.

Bobbee Pennington, youth services librarian, said the books are going to children in elementary through sixth grades.

The first books are to be delivered at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. The children will be given a chance to peruse the selections and choose one book to keep. The deliveries will continue every other week.

The 200 kids at the Neal Recreation Center are joining the more than 1,000 children and teens who have signed up for the library's Summer Reading Program.

Everyone who completes the program -- a game board piece is colored in for each day of reading -- will receive a free prize book from the friends of the library organization, Pennington said. Registration for the summer reading program ends July 31.

For information, call Pennington at 979-209-2600.

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