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      Ottumwa Public Library begins reading program for ages 0-3

      The Ottumwa Public Library is starting new reading series aimed to entertain the youngest library members. A local mother noticed her child was too young to appreciate the preschool aged story time the library held, so she came up with a new series called, "Songs and Stories with Sara Martindale." Around 25 kids and adults attended the first program on Wednesday.

      The Ottumwa Public Library held 14 programs this summer, compared to only six last summer. The library says the programs help kids get more prepared for school to start.

      "It's an important as soon as you can to get a child interested in reading and interested in books and stories. It expands their vocabulary, it helps them once they get to school they're more prepared and an event like this where they sit down and pay attention to a reader or teacher it prepares them for their attention as well and for the classroom," said Library Director Sonja Ferrell.

      The Ottumwa Libraryâ??s summer reading programs are wrapping up for the season as they get prepared for back to school events.

      If youâ??re interested in attending the new series, itâ??s at 10:30 on Wednesdays.