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La Crosse Public Library summer reading program kicks off

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The La Crosse Public Library is “daring” local kids to make this summer the best one yet.

Their summer reading program called “Summer Dare” kicked off Tuesday with a library carnival. Throughout the summer, library staff will give kids a series of “dares” to complete. Those dares encourage kids to be curious, be active, be kind, and be a regular visitor to the library during the summer months.

Youth Services Manager Dawn Wacek says it is important that kids keep their minds active during the summer. “We know that kids do better in school if they are reading for pleasure over the course of the summer,” said Wacek. “Everybody has pretty heard of the summer slide by now so they know kids who don’t do much with their minds over the course of the summer come into school in the fall and their skills have deteriorated. So we want them to be reading for fun, they can read anything they want and all of that helps keep them sharp.”

As a part of the Summer Dare program, the library will extend a double dog dare to the entire community. That dare, read more than 1 million minutes this summer as a community and the library will donate $500 to the Hunger Task Force.

Travis Judell

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