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Central Rappahanock Regional Library

10. It's free, easy and no meetings are required. Sign-up online at

9. It doesn't matter if your child is reading for school or just for fun since any book they read -- independently or with you -- counts for our program.

8. There are free programs for all ages, all summer long!

7. You can enter to win free books when you submit a book review on our website.

6. Complete four easy Free Lance-Star activities to earn a FREE Liberty Lanes bowling pass.

5. Come in for some DIY Fun -- a rotating series of five science-related, self-guided, do-it-yourself activities at any of our branches.

4. Your child could be famous! In August, they can have their picture taken and turned into a poster. The posters will be on display in the library in August and be ready for you to collect in September.

3. Prizes! In July and August, children who are members receive glow-in-the-dark shooting stars, stickers or slap bracelets. Teens get a glow-in-the-dark bracelet or popper and can enter weekly drawings for a FREE movie pass for everything they read! We also have coupons from Busch Gardens and Bob Evans while supplies last.

2. Scholar Stephen Krashen reports that "Reading as a leisure activity is the best predictor of comprehension, vocabulary and reading speed."

1. Children participating in public library summer reading clubs fared better on fall standardized tests than their peers who didn't join a reading program as demonstrated in a recent study by The Dominican University (IL), Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap.

Mom and dad, you don't have to feel left out. We even have a summer reading club just for adults!

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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

keepsake box

The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.