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The Victoria Public Library’s summer initiative to keep kids reading and learning throughout the summer break will start next month with a kickoff event.

The Victoria Public Library will begin its summer programming with live music, llamas and more at 10 a.m. June 3.

“Once school gets out, the reading stops,” said Katie Talhelm, who is in charge of library programming.

The library works to promote summer reading to keep students engaged while they are out of school for the summer, Talhelm said. In addition to the kickoff party, the library will host other educational events that include performers, crafts and games.

The 2019 Fun Fest Kickoff Party offers many activities for children and teenagers.

Mr. Will, a children’s music entertainer from Austin, will perform during the event. There will be llamas from Raisin’ Llamas for kids to pet and take pictures with. Many groups from Victoria, including the Victoria police and fire departments, Parks and Recreation Department, and Victoria Environmental Services, will provide games and other activities. The public library will give away tote bags to decorate and use throughout the summer.

Victoria’s public library hosts many events through the summer catered to all ages. The summer reading challenge, which begins June 3 at the kickoff and goes through July 25, promotes reading by giving children and teens raffle tickets for a chance to win three prizes: a Kindle tablet, a book bag full of school supplies, or a Lego set with a book of instructions. The reading log to use for the summer challenge will be handed out at the kickoff party.

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