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Zachary Deng, 2, looks at books at the Fort Belvoir Library.

It’s Showtime at the Library. Excitement and fun await those who journey to the Fort Belvoir library and participate in its summer reading program. 

This summer, the library, at 9800 Belvoir Road, Bldg. 200, hosts a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults to encourage and support a love of reading through August. 

Participants can win prizes for reaching their reading goals. Themed events include a red carpet movie event and special story times. 

There’s also a serious side to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss. Studies also indicate students who read recreationally outperformed those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests. 

The first event to Kick off Summer Reading is the Red Carpet Movie Event, when children can walk a red carpet; take pictures with fun props; enjoy pre-event crafts and activities; and watch the movie, Sing. Sing is an animated movie featuring a koala’s desperate attempt to save his beloved theater by hosting a singing competition. The event takes place at Wallace Theater, June 15, 1 p.m. with crafts, games and a bounce house. The movie starts at 2 p.m. 

To learn more about the summer reading adventure at the library, call 703-805-4244 or visit their Facebook event page at belvoir.armymwr.com/promos/summer-reading-program.