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Summer reading kicks off June 1 at Staunton Public Library; concludes with pool party

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The Summer reading program kicks off at the Staunton Public Library on Thursday, June 1, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the library lawn.

The reading program runs from June 1 to July 31 and concludes with a pool party at Gypsy Hill Park pool on August 4.

On Thursday, at the kickoff, readers of all ages are invited to register, and bring blankets or chairs to enjoy a family-friendly concert from The Hot Mamas, an all-female singer-songwriter collective.

The summer reading program includes events for kids, teens and adults throughout the summer including story times, book clubs, live music and more. Participants may complete challenges for a chance to win prizes sponsored by Friends of the Staunton Library, a volunteer organization that supports the library.

“Participating in summer reading is a fun and exciting way for kids, and readers of all ages, to grow their literacy skills,” said Lizzy Hill, youth services librarian.

Summer reading programs are held at public libraries around the country in an effort to promote literacy and prevent the “summer slide” learning loss that can occur for students in between school years.

The library is located at 1 Churchville Avenue in Staunton.

To register online for the summer reading program, visit Staunton.beanstack.com

For more information including a calendar of events, visit www.StauntonLibrary.org

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Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.