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Library Director Shelley Anderson, left, and Julie Belz of the Friends of the Library Wednesday showed one of the book bags to be given participants in the Ellsworth Public Library’s new early literacy program. Twenty-eight people had already signed up as of mid-week last week for “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten,” which officially kicks off this Saturday with an appearance by “Clifford, the Big Red Dog.” (Herald photo by Bill Kirk)

Kids, parents urged to read early, often

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Although it may sound ambitious, a new program at the Ellsworth Public Library can reap participants lifelong rewards.


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Bill Kirk
Bill Kirk has been editor at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, since 1988. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.
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