JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Food, face paint, and lots of fun were all used to encourage reading.
Kids of all ages were invited to the Summer Reading Club Kick-Off at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library on Saturday.
Public Relations Manager Brandi Hodges said the Summer Reading Club is something they've done for years.
"It's just something that has always happened, I did it," Hodges said. "I can remember doing Summer Reading Club as a child. So, Summer Reading Club is just something that has been around as long as I can remember."
But, this kick-off party is new this year.
Its purpose is to get kids excited about reading, even throughout the summer.
"Really what the purpose of it is to encourage literacy," Hodges said. "Children who don't read over the summer, teachers tell us they can tell the children that don't read over the summer."
Hodges said the Summer Reading Club is all about going to events, reading books and having fun.
Every child who registers and completes the challenges throughout the program will get a free T-shirt at the end.
Hodges said people interested in the program can register at the library's website.