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Successful summer reading program comes to close

The Demopolis Public Library ended its Summer Reading program on Thursday, July, 20 with a game of Bingo.

This year’s program was successful and Demopolis Librarian Morgan Allen said she is pleased with how the program turned out.

“This year’s program was very successful. We saw an increase in children and teens participating,” said Allen. “We even saw an increase in adult participation.”

Allen credits the school systems for the increase in children. She believes the required summer reading is what helped get kids and parents alike through the library doors. Without the required reading, there may not have been as many children as there were.

The exact number of how many children took part in the program hasn’t been counted, but all together the children checked out 8,076 books over the course of two months. The teens checked 803 books and the adults had a total of 4,365.

The library staff has enjoyed this year’s summer program and hopes next is just as successful, if not more.

(This article originally published in the Saturday, July 22, print edition of the Demopolis Times.)