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Summer reading begins at two area libraries

Two area libraries are offering special summer reading programs during the months of June and July.


The Forsyth Library is once again holding their annual Summer Reading Program from June 3 through July 31. Forsyth's program, for children and youth ages five to 17, is divided into four age categories: ages five and six, seven to nine, 10 to 12, and teens 13 to 17.  


"New this year, McDonalds is sponsoring our summer reading program with "Happy McReaders.” Those with a library card who want to participate will come to the front desk and ask for a Happy McReader punch card. Children must be accompanied by a parent," explained Mary Lou Drew. "Each time your child completes a book and returns it to the library, they will receive a "punch" in their card. After they read 10 books and get their card filled with 10 punches, they will take it to their local McDonald’s and receive a FREE Happy Meal."


Drew continued, "This is the first time McDonald's has sponsored a Summer Reading Program reward. Forsyth Library thanks McDonald's for this AWESOME incentive for our Summer Reading Program."


For more information on the Forsyth Library's Summer Reading program, call Melissa at the Forsyth Library, 417-546-5257.


The Library Center of the Ozarks (formerly the Taneyhills Library), is also offering a Summer Reading Club beginning June 3 and running through July 31.


The Library Center of the Ozarks has expanded their traditional summer reading program to include educational and entertaining programs and performers from throughout the region, every other week during Summer Reading Club. Programs will include a performance by Marty the Magician, a morning with the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra and a presentation by the Butterfly Palace, among others.  


"On the weeks where there is no performer, there will be a craft, STEM area and a Sensory Bin area," explained Jennifer Harmon, Library Center of the Ozarks Technical Services Supervisor.  


The performances and in-person activities will be held every Monday, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Most activities will be held in the Library Center of the Ozarks' new Program Room in the Library's lower level.


Another change in this year's event is how prize recipients are determined. Children, teens and adults who accomplish their reading goals will receive prizes.


Said Harmon, "Summer Reading prizes will be earned by achieving reading goals. For every 10, 20, 30 and 40 days of reading, there will be a prize. People do not have to check in on a weekly basis. They can come in as the goals are met, or come in after several goals are met and still earn the designated prizes."


The Friends of the Library are proudly sponsoring the Library Center of the Ozarks Summer Reading Club by providing prizes for the children, teens and adults who meet their summer reading goals.


The theme for this year's Summer Reading Club at the Library Center of the Ozarks is “Adventure Begins at the Library.” Registration is required. To register, visit the Library's website,


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