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Aug. 1, 2014 at 5:36 p.m.
Updated Aug. 1, 2014 at 10:41 p.m.


Children attending the library's end of summer reading program party found a reprieve from the heat Friday inside the community center as they laughed at ventriloquist Ian Varella.

"I bet I gonna read more books than you," replied character Airhead Andy to the crowd of children and moms.

More than 300 children participated in this year's program.

Why is it important to read?

"You can learn about anything through books," said Katie Hodgdon, children's librarian with the Victoria Public Library. "We like that children get excited about stories and come to the library and see it as a great, fun place to be."

Holding a copy of the "Guinness Book of World Records," Varella quizzed the kids with a bit of trivia. "Do you know who the tallest basketball player in the world is?"

A copy of the book was given as a door prize to one of the children.

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