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Meridian Public Library offering free summer programs

The Meridian Lauderdale County Public Library wants to encourage parents that in the midst of fun, summer activities, it’s also important to keep their children’s minds active. “Our summer reading program is designed for children while they’re out of school to pretty much retain what they’ve learned in school. We want to keep them engaged in reading, and we want them to be prepared when they go back to school in the fall,” said Interim Director Emma Boyd.

One mother brings her daughter in five days a week to take advantage of the free activities and to also prepare her for kindergarten in the fall. “Her reading skills are getting better and also her writing. She goes and plays on the iPad every time we come here, so she gets more familiar with her letters. The apps on them help with her handwriting and also recognizing the numbers and shapes,” said Kelley Gowdy.

Through the various activities they provide along with reading, the library is striving to be a summer destination through education. “They can venture out outside the box and just take themselves away in a book. If they’re not able to go any place this summer, well, that book can take them there. So, they can read about that,” said Boyd. “It just teaches them to be more logical thinkers. The activities that they get to do; there are so many things offered here that I didn’t even know.” To see a list of their upcoming summer activities, visit their website at

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