Kickoff to summer: Library reading event draws in 200 kids

Elizabeth Dunham, Contributing Writer

Photo by Elizabeth Dunham

Second-grader Emma Leach and fourth-grader Makayla Pointer enjoy playing with goats Monday at the petting zoo section of the Kalkaska County Library's Summer Reading Kickoff event in Chalker Park. Both girls love to read, mostly about animals, and are regular patrons of the library. The library also had a table for making butter and gave away free books.

KALKASKA – Approximately 200 children flocked to Chalker Park on Monday to attend the Kalkaska County Library’s Summer Reading Kickoff. The youngsters were drawn in with a chance to make homemade butter along with the appeal of a petting zoo that featured geese, ducks and goats.

Every child that attended the June 19 event could pick out a free book and sign up for the library’s summer reading program.

“I see the library’s role as doing our best to make it easy for kids to read through the summer,” said KCL Director John Roberts.

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