MARIETTA — The Love County Library will begin its Summer Reading Program with the Day of the Child, Day of the Book/El Dia delos Ninos, El Dia de los Libros celebration Saturday.

This year, the Summer Reading Program will have new crafts, games and prizes. The event will 10 a.m. through noon and will include a Wii tournament, bounce house, Touch-a- Truck, face painting, local organization booths and much more.

Day of the Child is a holiday that has been celebrated in Mexico since 1925. This day recognizes children, pays homage to their importance in society and endorses their well being. This holiday has evolved into Day of the Child/Day of the book at the Love County Library and has five main goals:

1. Honoring children and childhood;

2. Promoting literacy and the importance of linking all children to books, languages and cultures;

3. Honoring bilingual families and culture and global understanding through reading;

4. Involving parents as valued members of the literacy team; and

5. Promoting library collection development that reflects our plurality.

Branch Manager Niki Powell hopes to recruit more children and families to the event and invites them to attend the library's Summer Reading Program, "Dig Into Reading."

"I am excited to host our Day of the Child, Day of the Book Celebration," said Powell. "Our community is very supportive of the library and our programs and we want to encourage the children to attend our summer reading program as well."

The program is free and open to the public.

To ask questions, contact Niki Powell, Branch Manager, at (580) 276-3783, (888) 520-8098 or come by the Love County Library at 500 South U.S. Highway 77.

The Love County Library is a branch of the Chickasaw Regional (Public) Library System.