A lot of people when school is out for the summer think that the time to learn is also over. That is not the case at the Watonwan County Library. There are 4 different branches within the county library which include St. James, Madelia, Butterfield, and Lewisville.  Each branch holds events all summer where children can engage in learning from infant age all the way until 18 year olds. At the St. James branch the person in charge of all the summer learning events for children is children’s librarian, Megan Karau. Karau believes that it is extremely important for children to always be learning. “There is a reason there is so much government money going into early education. The more children are exposed to books and language before they go to school the better they will perform. 83% of children living in low-income families are not proficient in reading by the end of 3rd grade. If kids aren't proficient they have a harder time with comprehension which leads to lower test scores.”

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