Mayor Jacobs to launch program at Children's Festival of Reading

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Families can enjoy free music, crafts and author visits at the 15th annual Children's Festival of Reading on Saturday, May 18. Jacobs is set to appear at 10:45 am to kick off a new reading challenge for the community.

The festival runs from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the park, with free admission and some free parking downtown. People from the entire area are invited. Those who live in Knox County can sign up on the site for the summer reading program.

Knox County Public Library spokesperson Mary Pom Claiborne said this year, parents and kids can log reading hours together on the Beanstack Tracker app. She encourages all children to read 20 hours through the summer, with an estimated 20 minutes each day. "When you're reading in the summer, you get to choose the stuff you like. You get to read whatever you like. If you like baseball, read baseball biographies on baseball stars. If you like. If you like rock and roll, read about your favorite rock and roll band."

If your family lives outside Knox County, you can check on a similar summer reading program at your community library.

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