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New program coming to library


February 7, 2019

Mark Dykes

Hot Springs County Library Director Tracey Kinnaman and librarian Sandy Tognetti stand with a recent book donation from Kids Need to Read.

Kids Need to Read (KNTR) will be arriving at Hot Springs County Library in June with Grow Your Library, an inspiring library donation program led by KNTR Board Member Gary Mlodzik and his wife Tina. Inspired by the Mlodzik's shared love of reading, family, and public libraries, this program delivers free books and story time to local libraries and children during the couple's travels.

"I developed the Grow Your Library program to introduce a giving culture in the youth we meet at literacy events," Gary said. "Putting a book in the hands of a child and allowing them to expand their horizons is magical. Allowing that child to make a small effort in order to share that magic for future generations is a priceless lesson. It is my hope that the children will be proud of the book donations made in their name and tell their friends, thereby further encouraging both literacy and philanthropy."

The 24th national Grow Your Library event will be at the Hot Springs County Library at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, with a donation of 320 new books to the library, valued at $3,226, and a special story time presentation for children.

Each child in attendance will receive a free book and Highlights magazine courtesy of KNTR. They will also learn how they can use their own love of reading to help the library earn even more free books in the future.

Denise Gary, executive director for KNTR, stated, "The importance of reading extends far beyond the mechanics. Its greatest power is determined by how each person uses reading to shape their lives. Inspiring children to read at an early age allows that vital, lifelong process to begin."

Founded with a passion to improve the lives of disadvantaged children by providing inspiring book collections and engaging literacy programs to underfunded schools, libraries, and organizations across the nation, KNTR aspires to empower and embolden every last child through a culture of reading.

For many of the children it serves, KNTR represents a crucial link to a strong literacy education, and its programs help build and nurture support systems for the development of literate minds. By immersing children in an integrated world of literary experiences that teaches them, firsthand, the impact of reading on every aspect of life, imagination is ignited and confidence is built for a prosperous future, regardless of race, economic status, or personal capabilities.


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