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Sweet Incentive to Summer Read: Free Books Given Out to Kids in Brewer 

Kids in Brewer had a sweet summer day, but it wasn’t just because of the free ice cream.

Literacy Volunteers of Bangor partnered up with Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause to pass out free books.

The Norumbega Park community was packed with children picking out new summer reads.

Organizers say two thirds of low income families don’t have books in their home.

They also want to encourage families to stress the importance of reading in the summer.

“It’s so exciting to combine the idea of something so important as literacy and getting books in the hands of kids with something really fun like ice cream and having it be a special treat associating books and learning with having a great time,” said Literacy Volunteers of Bangor Service Coordinator Meredith Eaton.

“I’m just excited to read it,” said Lilah referring to her new book.

Watch the video above to hear from many other kids excited about reading.

The bookmobile will be making its way to surrounding communities in the Greater Bangor area this summer.

You can find a schedule on the Literacy Volunteers of Bangor’s Facebook page.

To donate new or gently used books for the organization to give away, visit their website.