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First Graders Tour Dexter Library During National Reading Month

Students at Bates and Cornerstone elementary learn how to find and check out books at the library.

Though the is generally known for its unspoken rule of quiet decorum, dozens of first grade students could barely contain their excitement during a special feed trip on Friday.

Students from and elementary schools poured over book after book reading about wizards, dragons and the occasional Death Star, as part of a cooperative program for National Reading Month.

Every year, students are invited to the library and learn how to check out books and use a library card while playing games and reading stories.

"The kids love coming to the library," Cathy Jurich, youth services librarian said. "They can come and check out one book and make a craft while they are here. It's really a big deal."

Jurich said the library is happy to work with local teachers to promote the importance of literacy.

Matthew Biggs spent the morning reading about tales from "a galaxy far, far away."

"Star Wars is my favorite," he said.

Fellow student Nylah Rogers said she frequents the library to rent one of her favorite books, The Little Red Hen.

Earlier in the day, state Rep. Mark Ouimet, R-Scio Township, paid a special visit to the schools to read to students.

"March gives all of us an excellent opportunity to promote reading to young people," he said. "I thoroughly enjoyed visiting local classrooms last year and hope to make even more visits this March."

For upcoming National Reading Month activities in the school district, visit www.dexterschools.org.

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