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New Rochelle Library Program Boosts Kids' Reading

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Iris Zaragoza signed up her sons, Isaac, a fifth-grader at Jefferson Elementary School , and Josue, a second-grader, for the New Rochelle Public Library’s summer reading program on Monday.

“It’s a good program,” said Zaragoza. “It’s better for them to get knowledge of what they read and learn,” she said.

Isaac said he always finds the program helpful.

“I get more reading knowledge, and when I go back to school my reading level grows,” he said.

Kathleen Cronin, the library’s head of children’s services, said the program helps students increase their reading ability when they’re not in school.

“It helps them to get their reading skills up during the summer,” she said.

Cronin says children are also encouraged by their parents to read.

“Parents are interested in their kids’ reading,” she said.

Participants can sign up for the program in the children’s library. A prize is given for every three age-appropriate books children read.

The program is open to readers, as well as nonreaders who have books read to them.

Kids who read at least three books will be invited to a celebration at the library in August. Parties are scheduled for 2 p.m. Aug. 14 for children in preschool through kindergarten in the main library theater; a party for children in first through fifth grades will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 15 in the theater.

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