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Pleasant Hill Library hosts root beer float party

People of all ages got to participate in craft making and other activities. (Star Gazette Photo by Noura Elmanssy)1 / 4
The party featured a childhood favorite: root beer floats. The event allowed kids to sign up for various summer reading programs. (Star Gazette Photo by Noura Elmanssy)2 / 4
Among crafts and root beer floats, different animals joined the fun including turtles, a bunny, a snake and a cockroach. (Star Gazette Photo by Noura Elmanssy)3 / 4
A giant coloring page was set up for kids to fill in. (Star Gazette Photo by Noura Elmanssy)4 / 4

Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library, which is a non-profit program that helps donate funds for materials and events for the Hastings community and library, hosted a root beer float party on June 14.

The event welcomed people of all ages to come and enjoy root beer floats, crafts and activities as a way to get kids excited for not only summer, but also reading.

Kids got to sign up for various summer reading programs that allow them to keep track of how many books they have read and the chance to win free books.

The reading programs helps kids avoid what librarians call “the summer slide,” where lack of reading can be an issue, considering school is out and there are no reading assignments that are pushing young ones to read regularly.

Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library runs multiple programs each year that help encourage kids to pick up a book and read.

The organization donates to various local programs and collects and delivers books to organizations such as Hastings Family Service, the Lewis house, Dakota County Juvenile Services Center and the Judicial Center.