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The Big Read kicks off in Quincy

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Are you ready to curl up and begin reading a new book?

The Quincy Public Library kicked off its annual "The Big Read" event Thursday in Clat Adams Park.

1,550 copies of the book "True Grit," by Charles Portis were handed out for free to anyone who attended the event.

Organizers say events like this are important to encourage reading to children in the community.

"Reading is an important skill for our community to have. Children who read at an earlier age do better in school. There's a higher graduation rate and they have better success in their jobs. So, if we can show our children that we enjoy reading and they'll also have that love of reading and be readers as they grow older," said Ruth Cuthbertson of the Quincy Public Library.

For a list of discussions, lectures and other special events about the book go to www.quincylibrary.org.

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