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Trying to ensure summer has a happy ending: "One World, Many Stories"

If the shoe fits -- read it.

That's the message (sort of) behind the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's summer reading program this year, which has "One World, Many Stories" as its theme.

"Everyone has a Cinderella story," notes Georgene DeFilippo, the library's youth services coordinator. So it's possible for kids to find attractive, familiar stories while exploring unfamiliar cultures, she says.

Whatever your kid finds to read over the summer, it's mostly important that his or her eyeballs continue to cruise across the prose (or poetry) during the months away from compulsory learning.

"That's one of the important things about summer reading -- that kids read what they want to read," DeFilippo says. Magazines, graphic novels -- just keep the words flowing. She even recommends that vacation car trips include a few borrowed audio books from the library's collection.

"There is a lot of research out there that kids who read throughout the summer are more likely to retain more of what they learned the previous year," she says.

To encourage kids to read outside school, the Carnegie will hold its annual Extravaganza on June 12 outside the main library branch in Oakland. It will feature a steel band, balloon art, belly dancing lessons, and the chance to play cornhole with the Pirates, complain about the heat and/or rain with WTAE Chief Meteorologist Mike Harvey, shop for craft items at the I Made It! Market, and more.

Plus, of course, you can sign up for the Summer Reading program, get your free t-shirt and check out a season's worth of activities at your local Carnegie branch.

Do Good:

• Find the right Summer Reading event for your kids by searching the Carnegie's online list by date, location, age, subject and other factors.

Writer: Marty Levine
Source: Georgene DeFilippo, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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