USAG YONGSAN -- The 2017 USAG Yongsan Library Summer Reading Program kickoff party took place June 3, at the Yongsan Library. UNC/CFC/USFK Commander Gen. Vincent K. Brooks and his spouse, Dr. Carol Brooks, were invited to read a storybook to the children. More than 150 children and parents came to the event to enjoy story hour. The Seoul American Middle School string ensemble provided music to brighten up the atmosphere. After the story hour, refreshments were served. According to Esther Kim, Yongsan Library supervisory librarian, the Summer Reading Program was designed to encourage children and students to keep reading books during the summer vacation. "If children don't read any books throughout the summer, they are extremely likely to lose their learning ability and fall behind their peers after they get back to school," Kim said. "It's highly encouraged for children to read at least six books during their vacation. The summer reading program will help children to reach that goal, and this is why the program is important." The Summer Reading Program started June 1 and ends July 18. This year's theme is "Reading by Design." The program will continue through June 20, July 11, and July 18. For more information, please contact the Yongsan Library at 723-7380.