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Libraries Open Doors to Encourage Readers

Five KPS Elementary Libraries Open This Summer

Five Kalamazoo Public Schools libraries will be open this summer, so students can continue growing their reading skills.

This year, the participating schools are Arcadia Elementary School, Edison Environmental Science Academy, King-Westwood Elementary School, Parkwood-Upjohn Elementary School, and Washington Writers’ Academy. The libraries will be open the week of June 17 to the week of Aug. 12. The library at Washington will be open until July 11.

The days and hours of operation will be:

● Arcadia and King-Westwood: 10:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

● Edison: 12:45-3:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

● Parkwood and Washington: 10:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

The libraries will be open to any KPS student who wants to check out books or to participate in the book clubs over the summer. Students do not have to live in a school’s attendance area to visit its library.

The program is designed for elementary school children, but older students are welcome to accompany younger siblings to the libraries.

The school libraries will be staffed by library assistants, who will help children choose up to two books a week. Other staff will lead storytimes and help run book club discussions.

The summer library program launched with one day a week of services in 2017 and expanded to two days a week in 2018.

Cutline: Children from the Boys & Girls Club of Kalamazoo used the library at Edison during the summer. Library assistant Deb Yerden-Ferguson checks out books for the children.

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