Superheroes encourage kids to read this summer

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PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Its not always easy to drag your kids away from the their phones, TVs and video games during the long, hot summer months. But the Peoria Library has a "super" plan to get your kiddos to crack the books!

The Summer Reading Program is kicking off at Peoria libraries this weekend. This year's theme is: “Every Hero Has a Story!”

In celebration of the program, the library will be hosting subsequent hero-related programs throughout the month.

This Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., kids are invited to meet Spiderman and Cinderella and have their pictures taken at the Peoria Main Library. In addition, between June 14 and 28, a superhero photo booth will be set up at the Peoria Main Library at the reference desk.

Peoria's summer program is designed to get kids reading all summer long. The program runs through Aug. 1.

Kids can sign up online to receive virtual badges, and they will receive a free book by mail when the program is completed. Throughout the summer, kids will also have the opportunity to participate in Superhero-themed programs and activities.

Teens can also take part. (Their program is called "Unmasked.") They'll learn how to make “bat soap” and buttons on Thursday, July 14 at 4 p.m.

For more information on Peoria's Summer Reading Program and upcoming classes, visit or call 623-773-7562.

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