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Virtual summer reading challenge kicks off at the Library

Virtual summer reading challenge kicks off at the Library
Patrons of all ages can register for the Ouachita Parish Public Library’s summer reading challenge. This year’s theme is Imagine Your Story, and the Library will celebrate literature from the fantasy, folk tale, fairy tale and mythology genres.
Participants who reach reading milestones will be rewarded with prizes, while supplies last. Patrons who complete the Imagine Your Story challenges and reach the reading goal (1,500 pages for adults and teens and 750 pages for children) will be entered to win grand prizes. Grand prizes include bicycles provided by the Kiwanis of Greater Ouachita, tablets provided by the Friends of the Ouachita Public Library and gift cards to local businesses.
“While the focus of the summer reading challenge is of course, reading, things will look a little different this year. All of our programs will be virtual,” said Library Director Robin Toms.
The Library will stream STEM programs, story times, guest speakers and more on its Facebook and YouTube pages.
“Now more than ever, it’s important that we instill a love of reading in our kids’ lives,” said Youth Services Coordinator LaKeisha Bosworth. “Every fall, we see the effects of the summer slide. Children who do not read during the summer fall two months behind their classmates who did read during the summer. We want to combat a potential super slide due to the pandemic. The best way to prevent academic learning loss is to simply read.” 
Patrons can register for the summer reading challenge at any open Library branch or online at For more information, call 318.327.1490.
About the Ouachita Parish Public Library
The mission of the Library is to advance literacy, inspire lifelong learning, and strengthen our community by serving everyone in Ouachita Parish. The Library serves a diverse community of approximately 160,000 people. The Library has 10 branches throughout the parish, plus a bookmobile, outreach services and e-services online at

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