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DHCLS Host Successful Summer Reading Kickoff

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Posted by: JRTyson
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Date: May 23 2023 1:24 PM

Dothan, AL - On Monday, May 22, the Dothan Houston County Library System (DHCLS) kicked off the 2023 Summer Reading Program.  During the event, a total of 374 children, teens, and adults registered for the Summer Reading Program, and many attendees even signed up for their first library card.

Through engaging and fun activities and incentives, the Summer Reading Program encourages children and teens to read during the months in between school years.  Extensive research demonstrates that children who read during the summer better retain knowledge, literacy, and learning skills from one school year to the next, which helps them succeed in school and in life.  During Monday’s kickoff, children registered for the SRP, picked up their registration bag (available for the first 1,000 registrants), enjoyed cupcakes, and posed for photos.  The event was also attended by several local officials, including members of the Dothan City Commission, the Houston County Commission, the Alabama House of Representatives, and the DHCLS Board of Trustees.

The 2023 Summer Reading Program is made possible with support from the Southeast Alabama Community Foundation, Dothan Pediatric Clinic, Entech, Naomi and Olive, and Charles E. Owens, as well as Armstrong & Jordan P.C., the Houston County Farmers Federation, Lewis Construction, Leir Williams, Diablo’s Southwest Grill, and Dean Mitchell.

More information about the Summer Reading Program, including a calendar of programs and activities and details about how to register, is available at

Established in 1949, DHCLS today serves a population of approximately 107,000 residents through its main library, two branches, a bookmobile, and an extensive selection of ebooks and digital resources. In FY 2022, DHCLS welcomed over 283,000 visitors, and DHCLS patrons borrowed over 186,000 items, including books, audiobooks, DVDs, and ebooks.  DHCLS offers a variety of innovative services, such as the Library of Things, a Seed Library, and Story Walks at Kiwanis Park and Walton Park. The library also offers programs for children, teens, and adults, ranging from storytimes, craft programs, technology instruction, and job search assistance.  

More information about DHCLS can be found at

DHCLS Host Successful Summer Reading Kickoff

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