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Summer reading wrap-up

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The Lebanon-Wilson Public Library hosted an end of summer party on Tuesday.

The event was open to kids who participated in their annual Summer Reading Program and featured a bounce house, inflatable water slide, splash pool and free snacks for those in attendance.

The library's Summer Reading Program takes place over the course of six weeks. Kids are encouraged to check out books and can receive prizes such as Wilson County Fair passes - just for reading.

In addition to this, the library has welcomed acts from Safari Greg and the Nashville Zoo to magicians to perform live, free shows for kids and their parents.

Children's Librarian Nancy Fowler said 1,830 kids signed-up for summer reading. "Our number was down a little from last year. Last year, the Mt. Juliet library was closed so we had Mt. Juliet patrons coming here and our sign-up number was 2,000," she explained. "We still have a big number."

Fowler said the purpose of the program is to keep kids reading while enjoying summer break. "Statistics show that if they don't read during the summer their AR points and reading level goes down," she said. "We don't want them to start the school year that way - and also, this is fun."

Children who have signed up for the Summer Reading Program have until July 29th to pick up their fair passes.

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