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Book sale to boost summer reading

By Justin Boron

The Clayton County Library system is throwing an extravaganza of a book sale.

More than 1,000 books will be on sale today at the Clayton County headquarters library in Jonesboro for half price.

The event will start at 3:30 p.m. today and run through June 9.

"It's a great place to get incredible deals on kids books," said Carol Stewart, the director of the library system.

The sale, organized through the Scholastic book company, knocks off 50 percent the list price on the book, she said.

She said the event is an opportunity for children to stock up on books they can read as part of the library system's summer reading program, which started Saturday and will continue Aug. 6.

The program is geared toward 11 to 18 year olds.

But even those who can't read can participate, Stewart said.

"If you're a pre-reader someone can read to you," she said.

Community activists have said young people need a safe outlet after school and during summer break.

Several county and city officials have pointed to the tradition of a book as a safe escape.

Readers in the summer program will keep track of their books in a log. After hitting their goal, they will receive a free book, Stewart said.

To participate in the program, visit any library location or contact the library at 770-473-3850.