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Berks County libraries launch Pages for Pets summer reading program

Berks County readers are being challenged to help one lucky shelter pet find a forever home simply by reading books.

For the second year in a row, Reading District Libraries and the Animal Rescue League of Berks County has launched an initiative called Pages for Pets. The program will sponsor the adoption fee of a shelter pet by encouraging people of all ages to read.

Readers from across the county have until July 26 to successfully read a combined total of 500,000 minutes. Every minute counts toward the financial sponsorship of an adoption at the Animal Rescue League.

Readers are free to read whatever they choose, including novels, eBooks, audiobooks, comics and graphic novels and newspapers.

The Animal Rescue League will announce which pet found their forever home thanks to the initiative on July 29.

There are 25 Reading Library District — a state designation — locations throughout Berks. They include the 23 locations of the Berks County Public Libraries System as well as the independent Wyomissing Public Library and Oley Valley Community Library.

Marissa Guidara, youth services district consultant for Reading District Libraries, said the community was able to sponsor the adoption of a senior black cat named Agent 007 after successfully reaching the reading goal last summer.

In addition to Pages for Pets, each of the 25 library locations in Berks will be hosting their own summer learning programs, with a full schedule of free activities and programs for children, teens and adults.

For more information or to submit your reading online, visit

Source: Berkshire mont

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