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Summer Reading program launches today

Each May, as the school year comes to an end, students throughout Johnson County get a break from their studies to enjoy the warm weather and free time. Johnson County Library wants to keep kids engaged with reading even when school isn’t in session. The Library’s annual Summer Reading program encourages young people to stay in the habit of exploring all that books have to offer.

The Summer Reading program kicks off today, May 20. You can drop by any Johnson County Library any time today, to pick up a free book, while supplies last. You can also grab a Summer Reading log while you’re there. The log is also available for print online.

The theme this year is “A Universe of Stories.” The Library is celebrating space exploration with authors, presenters, specialists, illustrators, astronomers and astronauts. Beginning May 18, the Library began hosting space-related activities at various library locations throughout the county. Events include: “Science Café: Astronomy in Kansas City,” “Movie and Music in the Park,” “Out of this World: Stories and Songs from Space” and more. Learn more about the events and register to attend.

Johnson County Library selected the theme to honor NASA turning 60 and this year and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. Summer Reading at Johnson County Library highlights this history and inspires kids of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves and create their own stories.

“Reading is a skill, and the more you practice, the better you will get,” said Sean Casserley, Johnson County Library director. “We encourage school-aged families—and everyone else while you’re at it—to read for at least 30 minutes per day. You can read anything - books, magazines, video game liner notes. It’s up to your individual likes and interests.”

Listen to a podcast episode all about this year’s Summer Reading program. 

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