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My Town: Check out a Book Buddy at your local library
My Town: Check out a Book Buddy at your local library

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Firemen, ballerinas, mascots, sports figures, literary characters and more will be at local library branches on June 21 to get kids reading!

Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library and the Heart of West Michigan United Way are joining forces to present Book Buddies, a program that encourages children to check out a “book buddy” and spend ten minutes reading their favorite book together.

The Book Buddies program is designed to help children meet the goal of reading 400 minutes over the summer, the amount of time it is estimated that kids should spend reading to prevent summer slide and maintain the reading gains they made over the school year.

Seven local library branches will present Book Buddies on June 21. The schedule is as follows:

  • Main Library of  Grand Rapids Public Library – 10:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.
  • Englehardt Branch of Kent District Library – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch of Kent District Library – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Plainfield Township Branch of Kent District Library – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch of Kent District Library – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Walker Branch of Kent District Library – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wyoming Branch of Kent District Library – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Additionally, children can sign up for summer reading programs at this event.

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