With summer finally starting to die down (calendar-wise, if not temperature-wise), the Summer Reading Program at the Copperas Cove Public Library is coming to a close next week.

While that sadly means there will be no more animal shows or musical events at the library next week, many children are still excited for the closing event of the program, which involves a pizza party for anyone who has met their reading goals during the summer.

“We are actually having three pizza parties this year,” library Director Kevin Marsh said. “One for the teen group, and two for the younger children in the Summer Reading Program. We expect a small group of teens for the teen one, but on the 26th we should probably have a couple hundred (children).”

Every child who met their reading goal for the summer and turned in their reading card to the library is eligible for the pizza party, which is sponsored by Domino’s. The reading goal for the pizza party was determined by the child’s age.

“The pizza party is always great,” Marsh said. “Domino’s comes in and they put on a pizza show for the kids, and they donate all the pizzas for the party.”

Marsh also said the library was having a special giveaway during the pizza party this year.

“This year the Knights of Pythias donated a couple of bicycles for us to give away,” he said. “Children who met their reading goals and are between the ages of 5 and 11 will be entered in the drawing for the bikes and we will be giving one away to a boy and one to a girl.”

Aside from events for children this week, the library is always making sure to put out new books in both the fiction and nonfiction sections of the library. Whether a reader is looking for a new novel from Dean Koontz — such as “The Silent Corner” — or a unique biography — such as “Chasing Space” by Leland Melvin — there are plenty of books at the library for any type of reader.

For information, call 254-547-3826 or go to www.copperascovetx.gov/library/.

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