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Photo Gallery | Carnival Helps Downtown Library Celebrate Summer Reading

The Central Library held its annual Carnival, which recognizes kids for reading during the summer months.

The Madison Public Library's summer reading program event came with a theme, "One World."

Kids were treated to a performance by acrobatic performers and much more.

Librarians said summer reading makes an enormous difference when students head back to school in the fall.

"It's been proven that they actually can lose an entire a season of reading, an entire semester of the skills they gain during the year, but they come back it's that much more they have to make up," said Carissa Christner, Madison Public Library.

The program, which runs through the end of next month, focuses on kindergarten through fifth graders.

They get special prizes for every five books or five hours of reading they complete.

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