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Library offers summer reading incentives for kids

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System is encouraging reading this summer in several ways including:

“Every Hero Has A Story”: This initiative includes reading logs, reading competitions and prizes. Register at one of the 37 system branches.

Summer Online Reading Challenge: Adults and teens are encouraged to read a book, write a short review and post it to the library’s online contest website to win prizes.

Read Down Your Fines: Gives children ages 16 and younger an opportunity to pay down overdue library fines through reading.

Canalside: From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 1, storytelling and crafts at The Buffalo NewsRoom at Canalside, Scott and Washington streets.

Reading Journal from Barnes & Noble: Young readers who finish eight books and log their efforts on the Reading Journal receive a free book from a local Barnes & Noble store.

Food Truck Tuesdays: The library will be at Larkin Square from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Sept. 8.

• Library Night at the Races: Aug. 22 is the big night at Holland Speedway. Children who read two books will earn a free pass. Libraries will also have discount coupons for adults to attend.

For more information on these and other library programs, visit