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Libraries encourage summer reading by kids

Photo courtesy of Buffalo and Erie County Library

The 2017 Summer Reading program was announced Saturday by the Buffalo and Erie County Public Libraries.

There are several events and activities including a library station at Canalside that would run on Tuesdays from June 27th to August 29th, and a program called Read Down Your Fines. Children ages 16 and under will be able to read off overdue fines.

Library System Director Mary Jean Jakubowski says the library's services are needed more once the school year ends.

"We know there is a gap in summer where kids are no longer getting a formal education," Jakubowski said. "Studies show programs that keep children reading can help them prepare for the next school year."

All 37 libraries in Erie County and the Library on Wheels Bookmobile are taking part in free activities and events that run through the end of August.

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