Adair County Library's summer program a hit with young readers

Kirksville Branch of the Adair County Public Library

This Adair County Public Library's summer reading program had a very successful turnout.

630 kids participated in the five-week program that began in June.

The readers ranged in age from two to 12, and altogether, they logged over 2,000 hours of reading time during their summer break.

Children's librarian Diane Burger says the program helps the kids maintain their reading level.

"Then you don't have to backtrack in the beginning of the school year and try and catch up or polish up skills. They can just go straight into reading and continuing reading. It's really really important to read all year, not just during the school year," Burger said.

This summer's local reading program focused on history, and Burger says next year, they plan to feature science.

Burger reminds parents it's always a good idea to read to your kids as well.