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Libraries happy to see more faces for summer reading, librarians say

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Libraries are trying to make sure reading doesn’t stop with the warm weather, and they say they’re excited that they’ll have more kids this year.

Summer reading programs were very different the last two years. Some were virtual, others had low attendance.

This year was the first since Bay County Libraries Director Trish Burns could use the word normal.

“Earlier today, I wandered through the building and all of the staff are getting ready to start summer reading programs," she said. "We’re decorating the building, we’re getting all of the supplies out, and there’s some really good energy this year.”

Libraries have been focusing on their online presence through e-books and streaming, but they’re still excited for face-to-face opportunities, Burns said.

"Everyone is really excited to get back into the swing of things in terms of doing more face-to-face," she said.

Her library is offering indoor and outdoor programs for child and adult programming so people can still feel safe.

Ben Jodway is an intern, serving as a reporter for WCMU Public Media and the Pioneer in Big Rapids. He has covered Indigenous communities and political extremism in Michigan.