McDuffie children will make a splash into better reading skills this summer, thanks to the vacation reading program at the Thomson-McDuffie County Library.
More than 400 children attended the kick-off event Saturday morning at the library and signed up for the program. Saturday's event included a free hot-dog lunch, arts and crafts, carnival-style games, balloon sculptures by Cliff Paton and a magic show by Chad Crews.
By participating in the program, children of all ages will receive certificates for reading at least 10 books. Preschool children will be given certificates for having 10 books read to them. Any book that contains 100 pages or more may be counted as two books.
Children may register for the reading program up until July 6 at the library. The last day to record books read is July 13.
Fun-filled events are scheduled twice every week through out the summer. The summer program is sponsored by Friends of the Library, Knox Foundation, Walmart, Library Board of Trustees, Kiwanis Club of Thomson, Temple-Inland, BiLo, IGA and the Great Augusta Arts Council/Georgia Council for the Arts Grassroots Arts Program.