CUMMING, Ga. — It was a larger-than-normal crowd on Monday morning at the main branch of Forsyth County Public Library. Parents and children packed into one of the classrooms to hear Richard Woods, the Georgia superintendent of schools, read aloud to those gathered.

 It was just one of many stops Woods made as part of an effort to encourage children to keep reading during the summer break.

“There's been a lot of research that has shown when kids stop reading over the summer, they really regress, and they lose a number of those skills that they've worked hard to build up,” said Cumming Library Programming Manager, Tracy Walker. “We don’t want that to happen, so at libraries across the state, we work really hard during our summer reading programs to keep kids reading.”

Woods donated roughly 800 books to the library, giving the children more options to select from. Walker says there also incentives for local kids to participate in the summer reading programs.

“Here in Forsyth, our families can read for points and they can read for prizes throughout the whole summer,” Walker said. “Kids and teens can earn incremental prizes like wonderful treats from our community sponsors like free frosties and free kids meals from Zaxby's. They also earn entries into grand prize drawings.”

To learn more about the summer reading programs, CLICK HERE.

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