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Free books to be given out at reading event

Free books will be given away during a family reading event planned for 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Kennewick.

Bechtel National Inc. staff and community members will be reading their favorite children's books in the children's area.

Each child who attends will receive a book, compliments of The Children's Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia.

The reading event aims to raise awareness of the importance of reading during the summer months.

Parents and caregivers who invest time and energy in supporting summer reading can prevent loss of reading skills and ensure that their child is prepared to succeed in the fall.

Following the reading event, Bechtel plans to announce its $10,000 sponsorship of the Books & Vines event Sept. 9.